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Dogo Onsen Honkan

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Address: 5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 89-921-5141
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It is my first time to get to a paid public onsen. The water was really hot and it was good to relieve the fatique after the bike ride at Imabari. Remember to bring your own... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is my first time to get to a paid public onsen. The water was really hot and it was good to relieve the fatique after the bike ride at Imabari. Remember to bring your own towels and soap. There are not provided for free.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dogo Onsen Honkan is a traditional public bath and the symbol of Matsuyama. You should absolutely visit it. It is said that Soseki, a famous Japanese writer, also often visited this Onsen during his stay as a high school teacher. There are different bath rooms according to price, but they are all very simple. If you choose the expensive one,... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One should at least have experienced this Japanese hot water bath once, when in the neighbourhood. Very special atmosphere in a typical old bathhouse building.

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Paris, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After all the fuss about Dogo Onsen one of the most famous hot springs in Japan, I can only say that I've been a bit disappointed!! I would still recommend you to go there if you stay in the area but it's not necessarily worth getting out of the way to go there!! The building is beautiful but the onsen... More 

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Thank JeanF13
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

The building is beautiful and the baths are big. The atmosphere is relaxed so it's a nice place to end the day. However it's a shame that the two baths are similar (same look, same water temperature) and the changing room isn't very cool in summer (people are packed under the fans to get some fresh air).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

You can walk through the shopping street after getting off from the bus or the tram. I bought the second expensive ticket (¥1,250) that I could stay in the lounge for 1 hour enjoying sembe and tea. In my opinion, the woman onsen for this ticket is quite small like 4-5 people fit at most. After that I went to... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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(October?), so I think it's better to visit early.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Dogo onsen is the oldest wooden onset in Japan and it attracts visitors from around the world. It is relaxing and the customer service is great! But as a resident of Matsuyama, I must say Dogo Onsen is a great reminder of how great Matsuyama is. Both have an energy about them that says welcome and stay for awhile. Maybe... More 

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Oita, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Visited Dogo Onsen Honkan the second time. Dogo Onsen, is Japan's oldest hot spring. At the Dogo Onsen visitors select a course of bath. It is interesting because you got to choose which type of bath you'd like to experience. At the main entrance of Dogo Onsen there is a guide who stands and guides visitors. I chose the Tama... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

It is a landmark and nice viewing from the outside. However, I did not fancy trying a public bath overcrowded by tourists while my hotel at Funaya Hotel had more private facilities. Worth visiting the arcade streets near the building and some restaurants appeared worth trying.

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