It’s like a world in a Japanese movie! Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture is the best place for a winter visit in Japan!

This is a public bath built in 1894 in Matsuyama city, Ehime Prefecture. Its unique Japanese modern architecture was designated as an important cultural asset in 1994.
It was also awarded in the Michelin Guide of 2009.

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The main hall

It has a strong connection with the Japanese novelist, Soseki Natsume.

Soseki Natsume is one of the most famous novelists in Japan. This hot spring is also called Bocchan-yu, named after his famous novel, “Bocchan”, or “A Boy”. He praised this hot spring in his work, and often visited to bathe. So, if you’re a fan, this place is a must visit. The unique architecture has attracted many other artists, including Hayao Miyazaki, the director of the movie, “Spirited away”. This hot spring was modeled in the movie as a place for one of the characters. Ghibli fans should also visit!

Tea and sweets

Enjoy the hot spring and take a break!

You can take a bath, or just enjoy sweets and tea. The building has 3 floors, with a baths called “Kami-no-yu” on the 1st and 2nd floors, and “Rei-no-yu” on the 2nd and 3rd floors. If you just want to take a bath on the 1st floor, it costs 410 yen. Taking a bath on the 2nd floor Kami-no-yu, will cost 840 yen with a cup of tea and a sweet. In addition to that, you can even wear a yukata! The 2nd floor Rei-no-yu is a higher class bath and costs 1250 yen with tea and a snack. This includes the use of a towel and a yukata. If you want more privacy, I recommend the 1550-yen option. You can choose either the Kami-no-yu or Rei-no-yu, and relax in a private room with tea and sweets, which will be upgraded to special dumplings!

The hall
Take a rest here!

If you want to relax and experience the local atmosphere, I recommend the 840-yen option.

The balcony

Get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds!

The best time to visit Dogo Onsen is at 6:00am. You can avoid the rush and also hear the sounds of the morning bell, which rings at 6:00am. You’ll feel more like you’re in Japan while bathing to the sounds of the bell. They also conveniently provide shampoo, soap, and towels. Don’t miss this amazing experience, where you can dive into the world of a Japanese movie!

Map

5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture

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Wasabi

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I’m a freelance translator from Tokyo who likes to travel right in the middle of the unpredictables in life. Through the translation of articles I hope to create points of contact between Japan and the rest of the world. As a writer, I want to add information that isn’t in the guide book, from a “wasabi” perspective!

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Address 5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture
Hours 6:00~22:00
Price Differed for each plan
Close No scheduled holidays except New Year’s Eve for cleaning.
Access 15 min by taxi from JR Matsuyama station. About 20 min by the local train.
Phone 089-921-5141
Website http://www.dogo.or.jp/pc/time/