Dogo Onsen Main Building, Matsuyama

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Dōgo Onsen is a hot spring in the city of Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku, Japan.HistoryDōgo Onsen is one of the oldest onsen hot springs in Japan, with a history stretching back over 1,000 years. The springs are mentioned in the Man'yōshū (written c. 759), and according to legend Prince Shōtoku (574–622) used to partake of the waters.Dōgo Onsen was the favorite retreat of writer Natsume Sōseki (1867–1916) when he was working near Matsuyama as a teacher in what was at the time rural Shikoku. In Soseki's loosely autobiographical novel Botchan, the eponymous main character is a frequent visitor to the springs, the only place he likes in the area.DescriptionThe present building of the Dōgo Onsen public bath was organized by Dogo Yunomachi mayor Isaniwa Yukiya and built in 1894. Built on three levels for maximum capacity, the baths remain popular and are usually crowded at peak times, such as in the early evening before dinner.While Dōgo is largely engulfed in the suburban sprawl of modern-day Matsuyama, the area around Dōgo retains the feeling of a resort town, with guests from all over the country wandering the streets in yukata robes after their bath. Dōgo is easily accessible from central Matsuyama by tram, and has regular bus services to and from both the air and ferry ports.
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  • According to Dogo local people, Tama no Ishi is places where you can get energy. How to get is... “Bow twice, Clap your hands twice, and then put your hands together and pray and bow again...  more »
  • There is a story of the healing waters curing sick men many years ago and you may experience a similar result if you scoop the warm waters and allow them the wash over your soul  more »
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  • This is such a wonderful experience. Everyone should do this at least once in their life. They are really great about accommodating guests who don't speak English. They are also very open. I currently have purple hair and my brother-in-law has visible tattoos. They didn't even flinch. They just let us in with open arms. Some tips I wish I would have known before my first visit (which was 2 years ago): 1. the faucets push to turn on. 2. The wooden basins are there to put water in and then use so you don't waste as much water. 3. The guests usually put their dry little towels on their heads. I never liked doing that. I usually put it down in the ground in a dry corner. I don't think that's what I'm supposed to be doing but people give me the benefit of the doubt there and let me do me.
  • This building is hot spring place. It’s very historical place. Good point to take a pic here. The design is very nice and you can imagine the hot spring relaxing place in a studio Gibri movie. Looks interesting!! Of course you can take the bath here but unfortunately when I visited, the remodeling construction has started so maybe for a while it will be under constructing. But you can get in the bath limited. So try it!!

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