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Dogo Onsen Main Hall

5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture 790-0842, Japan
+81 89-921-5141
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Ranked #1 of 8 Activities in Matsuyama
Type: Spas
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Warana, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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50 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
30 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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Tamba-shi, Hyogo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

Dogo Onsen is (from what I have been told) the oldest onsen in Japan. Obviously, with that being true, it is highly visited by tourists, especially Japanese. Entrance to onsen only was about 400 Yen and soap and towel was another 80 Yen (there are no soap/shampoo dispensers inside so bring your own or buy at front). There were two... More

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Aalborg, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Fine onsen, beautiful but i didnt see what was so much greater in this than in so many others. They dont seem to like women with tattoos.

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