To the famous Dogo Onsen, the oldest hot spring in Japan with 3,000 years of history

The symbol of Dogo Onsen, visited by members of the Imperial family, and writers and artists

Dogo onsen is said to be Japan’s oldest hot springs, symbolized by the Dogo Onsen Honkan – the first public bathhouse in Japan to have been designated as an important cultural property. The stately and beautiful three-story wooden building has two types of public baths – the smaller but more distinguished Tama no Yu (Bath of the Spirits) and the main Kami no Yu (Bath of the Gods)- and four bathing plans for visitors to choose from. It’s fun even to just stroll inside the main building with its intricate maze of rooms, corridors and stairs.
To enjoy the full experience of the public baths, you should try the third-floor private room plan and second-floor seat plan for Tama no Yu; with either of these plans, you can enjoy for free an exclusive view of the Yushinden – Japan’s only bathing facility reserved for the Emperor – and bathe in both Kami no Yu and Tama no Yu. After fully enjoying the healing waters of Dogo Onsen, you can wear a traditional yukata robe and relax with some Japanese tea and sweets. The Honkan also has many other appealing attractions besides its baths, including an exhibition room displaying valuable and historic documents related to Dogo Onsen, and the Botchan no Ma room that was supposedly used by Japan’s literary master, Soseki Natsume.
From January 2019, maintenance and repair work will be done on the Honkan while it remains open to the public. (This information is as of March 2018)

Dogo Onsen Honkan
Address
5-6 Dogo Yunomachi, Matsuyama City, Ehime [Map]
TEL
+81-89-921-5141
Open
Kami no Yu lower floor 6:00-23:00 (Last entry at 22:30)
†*Please check the Dogo Onsen website for the opening hours of the other baths.
Closed
Open all year †Temporarily closed on December 1
Price
Admission fee for Kami no Yu lower floor: 410 yen for ages 12 and older, 160 yen for ages 2 to 11
†Please check the Dogo Onsen website for the admission fees of the other baths.
URL
Website
Access
From JR Matsuyama Station, take the Iyotetsu tram to Dogo Onsen for about 25 minutes, and walk for 5 minutes
Credit card
Not accepted

MAP

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