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- 1603 (Keichō 8): Kato Yoshiakira built Matsuyama Castle
- 1854 (Ansei 1 ): Matsuyama Castle destroyed by fire
- 1889 (Meiji 22): Modern city is incorporated
Eight of the eighty-eight temples in the Shikoku Pilgrimage are in Matsuyama.
- Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Matsuyama" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 620.
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