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Out of all the hot-springs in Japan, Dogo Onsen is considered Japan's oldest and most famous hot springs. Located just east of central Matsuyama, Dogo Onsen has been serving tourists and locals alike for hundreds of years. Dogo Onsen also is a popular choice for royalty and nobility in Japan, most notable for serving Japan's Imperial Family. The main attraction to Dogo Onsen is the Honkan, a Meiji Period wooden public bathhouse, built in 1894. The interior is filled with multiple bath rooms, passages, and levels filled with bathers and staff. If Dogo Onsen looks familiar, it is probably because you've seen a similar looking bath house in the Ghibli Film "Spirited Away". It's believed Dogo Onsen served as the inspiration for the popular Miyazaki film.
In addition to serving as the inspiration to "Spirited Away", Dogo Onsen offers more than just hot-springs bathes. The Dogo Onsen Station nearby was built during 1895 using Meiji Style architecture and features a "Botchan" steam locomotive. Close by is the Botchan Karakuri Clock and foot bath. The foot bath is free for guests and is a great way to enjoy the Clock Show every hour. The clock features characters from the famous novel "Botchan" and comes to life with a small music show. After bathing, guests can enjoy shopping for Matsuyama specialties at the 250 meter long shopping arcade, or visit Dogo Park to view cherry blossoms in the spring. Ishiteji Temple and Isaniwa Shrine are also close enough to walk to after a zen-inducing bath in the hot-springs.
Whether you're a fan of Japanese history, hot-springs, or "Spirited Away", Dogo Onsen is the perfect family destination to experience Japan. Join us as we relax in the healing waters of Dogo Onsen during our line of Southern Japan Tours or Grand Tour Packages available in the Spring & Year-Round!
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