The train is named after the novel, Botchan, written by the author Natsume Sōseki, who once lived in Matsuyama. It is called Botchan Densha (steam train) but it is not a steam train, it is electric. The locals call it Botchan Ressha. The train is a famous tourist attraction in Matsuyama. Natsume Sōseki has a stadium named after the same novel and a room in Japan's oldest hotspring, Dogo Onsen, is dedicated to his legacy.