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Address: 5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture
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Dogo Onsen Honkan not only offers nice natural spring bath for a quick bath (around 400 Yen) but also offers several different admission options, which comes with bath robe... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 5, 2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Touted as the oldest & most famous public hotspring in Japan, it seemed a ‘must-do’ to visit this onsen just for the experience. The Honkan was impressive enough. One has a choice of different ‘levels’ of bathroom, from the most common bath to that once used by the emperor before. I opted for the common public bath & it was... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was kind of a sober experience. There were only two baths in the whole onsen. It's basically just a public bath so don't expect more than that. It's a nice building though.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a typical historical old building and bathing place. Must be said however, dont expect a wellness kind of spa with bubblebaths and sauna's or an outside hotspring. This is also called an onsen in japanese. You can however take a relaxing wash/bath with a cup of tea and see how this building was ment for the imperial family.

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hong kong
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

got no go into inside for hot spring but outside also impressive. traditional, old & beautiful. must visit place

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Thank iamface
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

The building is from 1893 and spectacular. Get a private rest room, change and go stark naked in the communal baths. Wash yourself first sitting down and relax in the natural hotsprings which will relax and soothe you. You go back to your luxury private rest room where you are served tea and rice cakes. It was a bit noisy... More 

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London
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

we were of two minds about this onsen ... the history is amazing and the tea and biscuits a nice finish but equally the actual onsen isn't especially pretty or has views etc and the additonal cost for the option of tea and (plastic wrapped) biscuits while wearing ukata is maybe over priced

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Dogo onsen is certainly interesting historically and a very impressive building especially from outside. It was very crowded when we visited, which probably affected our view. As an onsen experience it was only ok for us (we have been to several onsen including hakone), but if you have never tried an onsen this will be interesting for you. Beware that... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Dogo Onsen Honkan not only offers nice natural spring bath for a quick bath (around 400 Yen) but also offers several different admission options, which comes with bath robe, resting area (public or private), tea and snack and a mini tour of Imperial bathroom. The buidling is quite photogenic and very traditional, so this place will be a quite nice... More 

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Queenstown, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

I've been coming to Japan for over 10 years now and have visited many hotels with onsens and even a Gambanyoku but have never had the opportunity like this one as a public bath. It was fantastic, we woke up very early and got to the onsen just before 6:00am by 6;10 the place was packed but the good thing... More 

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Hong Kong
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

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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