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Dogo Onsen道後温泉

Hot Spring / Hot Spring Bath

A hot spring area famously known as one of Japan’s “Three Ancient Springs.” Boasting an extremely long history, the area is mentioned in the “Nihon shoki,” an ancient historical chronical compiled in the distant Nara period. It is also said that Prince Shotoku and numerous writers and artists such as Natsume Soseki and Masaoka Shiki bathed in its curative waters. In the center of the area’s hot spring district stands the Dogo Onsen Honkan, a public bathhouse whose building is over 120 years old and which continues to serve large numbers of customers. The waters of the alkaline simple spring are said to promote recovery from fatigue and alleviate nerve pain and joint pain. Some of the many nearby sightseeing destinations include Isanawa Shrine, the Shiki Memorial Museum, and the Dogo Haikara-dori Street shopping district, and visitors can enjoy exploring the area’s history in addition to therapeutic hot spring bathing.


Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi (Matsuyama / DogoArea)

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Ehime Matsuyama-shi Dogoyunomachi [ map ]
Matsuyama / DogoArea
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alkaline simple springs
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aid recovery from fatigue, nerve pain, joint pain, gastrointestinal disorders, sensitivity to coldetc
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          Stretched across the northwest corner of Shikoku island, Ehime is a nature-rich prefecture boasting beautiful coastlines and a rural center where mountains play host to 26 of the Buddhist temples that make up the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Matsuyama is home to an original post-feudal castle as well as Dogo Onsen, one of the country's oldest natural hot springs. The northern city of Imabari marks the entrance to the Shimano Kaido, a road that crosses six spectacular bridges and several islands, forming a route between Shikoku and mainland Honshu.

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