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Dogo Onsen Main Hall

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Address: 5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 89-921-5141
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Japan's oldest onsen

A very traditional onsen in an old wooden building. There is a lovely feeling about this place. It is surrounded by many large hotels/ryokan and many guests come clad in their... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 22, 2015
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Tokyo, Japan
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's called the oldest hot spring in Japan. This building is designated as Japan's Important Cultural Properties. But long repair works seem to start from 2017, so I think it's better to visit early. 日本で最も古くからある温泉のひとつと言われます。 国の重要文化財に指定されてる本館の建物は、2017年から長期間の改修工事が始まるらしいので、今のうちに訪れた方がよいと思います。

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Victoria, Canada
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303 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been in many Onsen on this trip and previous trips to Japan. This was one was by far not our favourite. First it is very public and touristy. One is rushed through and even though we chose the 1200 yen level treatment it was confusing. We ended up with a wash cloth but without a towel to dry... More 

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97 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

A very traditional onsen in an old wooden building. There is a lovely feeling about this place. It is surrounded by many large hotels/ryokan and many guests come clad in their hotel's yukata. The area is also famous for the Japanese author Soseki Natsume who wrote Bot-chan while living here and there are many allusions to this such as the... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This onsen is really worth seeing. Labyrinth of corridors and beautiful both from inside and outside. You can visit three spas for different price and I recommend to visit the public spa of the lower price becouse one can see the real life there. The others options are rather boring. Dogo onsen is also beautiful during the night.

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Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan
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31 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Again Japan's oldest hot spring Very useful because it is in town, but I went by car (parking, one hour free) JR Matsuyama Station, Iyotetsu Matsuyama Station, (Tram) Matsuyama Airport (limo bus) it is convenien やはり日本最古の温泉 街中にあるのですごく便利、私は車で行きましたが(駐車場は、一時間無料) JR松山駅、伊予鉄松山市駅、(チンチン電車) 松山空港(リムジンバスがあり)便利です。

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455 reviews
286 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

It is magnificant because it changes colour after dark. There are rickshaws drivers outside the Main Hall. Don't miss this attraction when you are in Matsuyama.

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Los Angeles, California
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669 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 499 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

While I have gone to a few Onsen, is not one of my favorite things to do. I like hot springs in nature where the water is flowing. This are more like little children's pools and they are not chlorinated. The tour was interesting and gave you a change to see this interesting old place. There is a nice clean... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

The oldest bath in Japan is a ritual in and of itself. This is not to be missed. The bath has a few options, take the one with tea.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 via mobile

We decided to have our first onsen experience at Dogo Onsen main hall, because of its history and connection to Botchan and Spirited Away. And also because it offers the chance to experience a private room for changing out of your clothes before the bath and relaxing with a cup of tea and rice dumplings afterwards. Perhaps because it's busy... More 

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Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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39 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Traditional wooden structure. You can experience old Japanese style bath and inspect old Japanese structure in parallel. This construction includes bathroom and restroom for emperor of Japan. We also see the rooms which isn't used currently though. If you buy premium ticket, then you can use private room for your family. Regular fare is \840 par person(include Yukata and Towel).... More 

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