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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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Soaking in history

Dogo Onsen is more about absorbing history and tradition, rather than expecting to relax in a more isolated and personal hot springs experience at a ryokan or resort. It's not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Tokyo, Japan
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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Dogo Onsen is more about absorbing history and tradition, rather than expecting to relax in a more isolated and personal hot springs experience at a ryokan or resort. It's not modern or particularly luxurious, but what it offers is a chance to experience the same ambience that people, common and famous, enjoyed from centuries ago.

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Hong Kong, China
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

In fact, it would be a traditional pubic bath (sento), more than Onsen. It is the oldest bathhouse that uses water from onsen. For foreigners, recommended to experience it by paying more to 3rd floor. Where you can have your own room to get changed, and enjoy the sweets and tea after the bath.

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Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

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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305 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

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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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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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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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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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HONG KONG
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537 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 511 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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143 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 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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