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Dogo Onsen Honkan (㉷{, Dōgo Onsen Honkan) is the symbol and main attraction of Dogo Onsen. The charismatic bath house was built in 1894 during the Meiji Period. Its wooden interior is a maze of stairways, passages and rooms, usually bustling with activity by staff and guests. Dogo Onsen Honkan is said to have served as inspiration for the award-winning animated film "Spirited Away" by Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli.

The Honkan offers two gender-separated, old-fashioned public baths made of stone. The main bath on the first floor is called Kami no Yu (Bath of the Gods), while the smaller but more distinguished Tama no Yu (Bath of the Spirits) is on the second floor. Large communal tatami rooms on the second floor and smaller private rooms on the third floor provide bathers with space to rest and enjoy a snack. Four different admission plans provide visitors with varying levels of access to the Honkan's facilities (see details below under "Hours and Fees").

A special section of the Honkan, called Yushinden, was constructed and set aside for the Imperial Family's visit in 1899. Today, visitors with the appropriate ticket can join a short guided tour of the Yushinden and view the facilities reserved for visiting emperors. These include a lavishly decorated room with a coffered ceiling, and a bath and toilet for the emperor's exclusive use. No emperor has actually used the Yushinden since 1952.

In a corner on the second floor, there is, furthermore, a small exhibition of historic documents related to Dogo Onsen, such as old admission tickets for the local baths, that include small pieces of wood (yufuda) used as tickets in the past. You may also notice some paintings and statues of a heron around the Honkan which are related to a legend in which a white heron's injured leg was healed by the local waters.

Getting there and around

Dogo Onsen Honkan is a four minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station, the terminus of three tram lines. From JR Matsuyama Station, take tram line 5 (20 minutes, 170 yen). From Matsuyama-shi Station, take tram line 3 (15 minutes, 170 yen).

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Hours and Fees

Dogo Onsen Honkan (during renovations)

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      Open from 2015, Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo offers female only and mixed dormitory rooms with free WiFi. Dogo Onsen Station is a 4-minute walk away. Each bunk bed in the dormitory rooms come with a curtain to secure your privacy. Bathroom facilities and toilets are shared with other guests. Guests can cook their own meals in the shared kitchen with free-use kitchenware and seasonings. There is also a bar on the ground floor. There is no laundry facility on site, however, guests can take a 10-minute stroll to a nearby public coin launderette. The nearest super market is a 5-minute walk away, while the nearest convenience store is just a 2-minute walk from Cinnamon Guesthouse Dogo. The property is a 40-minute bus ride from Matsuyama Airport and Matsuyama Tourist Port. Matsuyama Castle is a 15-minute train ride away.
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    • 3LDK Denchi
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      100 metres from Botchan Train Museum, 3LDK Denchi is set in Matsuyama and offers air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The property is around 1.9 km from Ishitegawa Park, 2.7 km from Matsuyama castle and 3 km from Joshin-ji Temple. The guest house has family rooms. At the guest house, all rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Popular points of interest near 3LDK Denchi include Okaido Shopping Street, Matsuyama Civic Center and The Museum of Art, Ehime. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 8 km from the accommodation.
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    • Kowakuen Haruka
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      Situated in Matsuyama, 500 metres from Matsuyama Shrine, Kowakuen Haruka features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a garden. The property is set 2 km from Matsuyama castle, 2.1 km from Okaido Shopping Street and 2.6 km from The Museum of Art, Ehime. The accommodation offers a hot spring bath, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. All rooms at the ryokan come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. At Kowakuen Haruka the rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Popular points of interest near Kowakuen Haruka include Joshin-ji Temple, Miyukiji Temple and Ishitegawa Park. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 8 km from the ryokan.
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    • Yamatoya Honten
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      Set in Matsuyama, 600 metres from Joshin-ji Temple, Yamatoya Honten offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking and a bar. The property is around less than 1 km from Matsuyama Shrine, 1.8 km from Miyukiji Temple and 2.4 km from Matsuyama castle. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. The ryokan provides some units that feature a safety deposit box, and all rooms include a private bathroom with a bath and a hairdryer. An Asian breakfast is available every morning at Yamatoya Honten. Okaido Shopping Street is 2.8 km from the accommodation, while Ishitegawa Park is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 12 km from Yamatoya Honten.
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    • Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring
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      Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring is set in Matsuyama, within 1.9 km of Matsuyama Civic Center and 2.1 km of Matsuyama castle. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Local points of interest like The Museum of Art, Ehime and Joshin-ji Temple are reachable within 2.1 km and 2.3 km, respectively. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, slippers and a wardrobe. At the hotel all rooms come with bed linen and towels. Guests at Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The wellness area at the accommodation is comprised of a hot spring bath and a sauna. Popular points of interest near Dormy Inn Matsuyama Natural Hot Spring include Okaido Shopping Street, Botchan Train Museum and Ishitegawa Park. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 9 km from the hotel.
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    • DogoYaya
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      Ideally set in the Dogo Hot Spring district of Matsuyama, DogoYaya is situated 500 metres from Joshin-ji Temple, 800 metres from Matsuyama Shrine and 1.4 km from Miyukiji Temple. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. Buffet and ? la carte breakfast options are available each morning at DogoYaya. Matsuyama castle is 2.3 km from the accommodation, while Okaido Shopping Street is 2.7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Matsuyama Airport, 11 km from DogoYaya.
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    • Comfort Hotel Matsuyama
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    • Dougoya
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