- Dogo Onsen has a strong connection with the Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume.
- Enjoy the hot spring and take a break!
- Get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds!
Dogo Onsen has a strong connection with the Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume.
Soseki Natsume is one of the most famous novelists in Japan. You may now him for his famous novel “I am a Cat”. This hot spring is also called “Botchan-yu”, named after his famous novel, “Botchan”. 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 Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, the director of the movies “Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited away”. This hot spring was one of the inspirations for the hot springs in “Spirited Away”, so Ghibli fans should also visit!
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 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!
If you want to relax and experience the local atmosphere, I recommend the 840-yen option.
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!
5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime Prefecture