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Dogo Onsen Honkan

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Address: 5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama 790-0842, Ehime Prefecture
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The most famous onsen in Japan

It is one of #Japan's oldest (dating from 1894) and most famous #hotsprings. Dogo Onsen has been a frequent destination for Japan's most prestigious guests, the #Imperial... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 10, 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is awesome if you enjoy traditional style Onsen. You ought to try the most expensive package(2250¥) to experience everything. You can get your private room and private locker where you can change your cloth. Also after bathing they provide refreshments for free. It is a great way to deal with fatigue. 2250엔 짜리 사치. 하지만 꼭 해봐야 합니다.... More 

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

I just left the Dogo onsen after a rather stressful experience. This was not my first time visiting an onsen, I have been to many before, however I did not enjoy this visit. I bought a ticket (Taka-no-Yu) which allowed me access to the 2nd floor sitting room. I was handed a guide in English but it definitely wasn't enough.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2017 via mobile

It is one of #Japan's oldest (dating from 1894) and most famous #hotsprings. Dogo Onsen has been a frequent destination for Japan's most prestigious guests, the #Imperial Family. The interior is beautiful; with a maze of stairways, passages and rooms, all of which bustle with bathers and staff. It is said to have served as inspiration for #Miyazaki's popular animated... More 

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Nagoya, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Dogo Onsen Honkan is one of the main tourist spots in Matsuyama. It only takes about 20 min from Matsuyama station by tram. (150 yen each way). If you want to experience one of the most famous onsen in one of the most famous buildings in Japan, you should try it. There is only one bath tub so you may... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

I have been here twice. The bath is rich in culture and history. As you enjoy the bath and afterwards sip tea on a special area above, you will have thought of "Botchan," authored by one of Japan's most renowned novels, Natsume Soseki, who was a teacher here and surely visited Dogo Onsen. It is said to be the oldest... More 

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 21, 2016

Famous hot spring spot, not too crowded when I was visiting. There are also shops around and you can walk around buy some local stuffs. A nice place to take photo with. There is a cuckoo clock tower at the entry of the street that will play music at every clock.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016 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 November 11, 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

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

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