In this article I’m going introduce Ozu Shiromachi Guesthouse, which I have been going to for the past year. Ozu is located in the Nanyo area of Ehime Prefecture, about 40 minutes from Matsuyama by limited express train, or a 50-minute drive.
Ozu is the first place in Ehime you get to if you come from Kyushu and are heading to Kochi. Traditionally an important crossroads for people traveling to Shikoku, it’s also the crosspoint between Uwajima and Matsuyama.
The guesthouse is located in a great spot in the old district of the city center. It is convenient for many popular tourist spots with high historical value such as Ozu Castle and Garyu Sanso, which are within walking distance. You can also go cormorant fishing or play in the water in the nearby Hijikawa River.
While it is indeed a guesthouse, it feels more like you are visiting good friends when you stay here.
Basically, the building is a regular house that has had a few minor changes. This makes it very comfortable and homely, so homely, in fact, that some people decide to stay longer than they first intend.
The pleasant atmosphere of the guesthouse is largely thanks to the owner, Mise. He used to be engaged in town development, and even now works as a local guide. When you come and stay here, be sure to have a chat with him. He can tell you all about Ozu; its history, the best sightseeing spots, great restaurants, and maybe even hidden gems in the area.
Ozu Shiromachi Guesthouse is an inn with lots of character and a homely atmosphere. Indeed, it is worth coming to Ozu just to stay there!
And visit Ozu Shiromachi Guesthouse!
Ozu Shiromachi Guesthouse
Address: 249 Ozu, Ozu City, Ehime Prefecture
Check-in: 16:00 – 21:00
Dormitory (separated by gender): 3,000 yen per person
Room: 1 person 4,500 yen. 2 persons 7,000 yen. 3 persons 10,000 yen.
Closed: No scheduled holidays (special holidays may occur)
Parking: Available (1 space)
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