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Dogo Onsen Main Hall

Address: 5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 89-921-5141
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

My friend and I used the package with a private change room/resting room, with access to both baths, tea and sweets (Bocchan dango), a little more time and the tour. Both baths were excellent, among the best I've experienced. It's really wonderful to sit and relax in such an old onsen. The really great part of our visit was the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

I have visited onsen (hot springs) inside hotels many times but this is the first time I tried the onsen in a non-residential setting. The experience is quite good. We are travelling in a family of 4 and got the package with a private resting/changing room. This is the more expensive package and allows you to visit both hot springs... More 

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Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Went there to soak in the history of the place. Onsen wise...once is enough for me. Too many people in too small a bath for everyone. Other members of the family went for a higher level and fee experience the next day and was understand they ended up in the same entry level bath. Building is unique and pictureque.

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Warana, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

When in Matsuyama you need to visit the Dogo Onsen for a taste of Japanese style bathing. These are public baths and have been for centuries. You can choose a bath only option or more inclusive options according to price. If you don't mind bobbing around in steamy water with any number of local patrons, a bath only is a... More 

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Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We were short on time so did not visit the interior, nor avail ourselves of the onsen facility, but we spent a bit of time walking around the outside photographing the exterior and its architectural details. Be sure to walk around the back of the building for close-up views of the roof details.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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52 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

If you're traveling through Japan you will learn quickly how entrenched the Onsen (spa) culture is to society. It's where people go to relax, refresh and socialize. It's distinctly Asian world, but Dogo Onsen is uniquely Japanese. This spa is one of the oldest in the country and was a favorite spot for the royal family. While there ask to... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This is a traditional Japanese Bath House. The Imperial family has been known to stay here. I didn't stay here, but did take a tour. We took our shoes off and walking around in socks on tatami mats is a bit dicey. I kept thinking I was going to fall. Tons of steep stairs, up and down. Easy to get... More 

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Niigata, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

My husband and I bought ANA flight tickets from Travelzoo Newsflash to go to Dogo Onsen, Matsuyama from our hometown Niigata. It was up to 77% off the regular rate if we bought tickets in 55-day advance. I chose this deal because I wanted to depart from the local Niigata airport. I often find cheap tickets from a major airport... More 

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Matsue, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

I went here because I wanted to see the bathhouse and bathe in the waters associated with the movie "Spirited Away", the book "Botchan", and one of the myths associated with the god Okuninushi-no-Mikoto, since I'm trying to visit the spots associated with him out in Shimane and Tottori prefectures. It was worth saying I've done it, and I didn't... More 

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

This wooden structure was steep in history, one of the top 3 onsens in Japan. It had two inner bath areas (2 each for the segregated sexes) & rest areas (extra nominal fee) upstairs. For the extra fee one could view the private bathroom set aside for the Japanese Emperor. The bathhouse in the Miyazaki animation "Spirited Away" was modelled... More 

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