Dogo Onsen Honkan

Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath
This is a public bathhouse of the historical Dogo Onsen. The three-tiered wooden building has been designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan. It sprung to fame after it was mentioned in Natsume Soseki’s novel, Botchan. The dark interior with its pillars, beams and wooden lockers oozes with antiquated charm. The Honkan has two indoor baths, the Kami no Yu and the Tama no Yu, where visitors can relax and enjoy a pleasant soak. At extra charge guests can use the resting room complete with a hired yukata and some tea and cake. The nearest station is Dogo Onsen Station.

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Ehime Pref. Matsuyamashi Dougoyunomachi 5-6 map map Map
6:00-23:00 (Last entry at 22:30)
open everyday (Dec. has Days closed1Sunday)
[Bathing fee]

[Yoshinden Admission fee]
Parking Lot
Available (100spaces)
Credit Card
Available (VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club, etc.)
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English Menu
*The Dogo Onsen Honkan is currently undergoing conservation and repair work while open for business, so the view and use of the building may be subject to change.
For more information, please visit the official website.
*The images shown are before conservation and repair work.
Average budget
[Lunch] 1-1,000yen
[Night] 1-1,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • There is something special about the water here.
    5.0 Reviewed : 2022.11.28
    Not something for me personally, but my wife assures me there is something special about the water here. She took a bath, reasonably price and time limited (so I didnt have to wait around until she...
  • It is a trip back in time and a way to emerse yourself in a culture.
    4.0 Reviewed : 2021.05.31
    It was a trip back in time and a way to soak in an ancient cultural experience. The oldest onsen in Japan. Loved the decor and fittings. Very relaxing.
  • Traditional public bath Onsen
    4.0 Reviewed : 2020.02.03
    Dogo Onsen Main Building is on the renovation at the moment so only the G/F public bath is opened. We enjoyed our visit and the bath as it different from the hotels one. Please bring along your own...

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