dogo hot springs
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Oldest Hot Water Bath in Japan: Dogo Hot Springs


Matsuyama – Hot spring tours must be tried while on vacation in Japan. Well, in Ehime Prefecture there is Japan’s oldest onsen called Dogo Hot Spring.

AFP along with Japan Airlines (JAL) and Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) visit Ehime Prefecture, one of the tourist attractions in Japan. Exploring Matsuyama City, there is one place that becomes an icon, Dogo Hot will find it here

For a traveler who likes Gibli movies, he must be familiar with Dogo Hot Spring. This resort was the inspiration behind the film Spirited Away.

The resort is divided into 3 buildings that were built in different times. The main building that symbolizes Dogo Onsen was built in 1894.

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As a public bath, the main building is built in the style of a typical Japanese building. The building is dominated by wood and the crane symbol. This first building has become an important property of the state.

There are 2 new buildings not far from the main building, Asuka No Yu and Tsubaki No Yu. This building was deliberately built because the main bath must be renovated. So that tourists can still enjoy Dogo Onsen every time.

“No need to worry, because the flow used is exactly the same as the one in the main building,” said Yuzo Yoshino, the International Affairs Division of the Economic and Ehime Prefectural Government Labor Department.

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Japanese people believe that the springs that flow in Dogo Onsen have benefits to cure diseases. Therefore, not only the people, but the Japanese kings also visited Dogo Onsen.

It can be seen that there is a Yushiden or a special bathing place for the royal family. This is the only royal bath in Japan.

Yushiden was completed in 1899. So that the royal family can be free when visiting in the summer.

“Onsen visitors can see Yushiden directly when no royal family arrives,” Yoshino said.

After bathing, tourists can take a walk or shop at Dogo Shopping Arcade. This area is right in front of the main building of Dogo Resort.

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In this area there are many shops offering Ehime specialties and various souvenirs. A traveler who has finished bathing in Dogo Onsen will be seen passing by using the yukata. Kawaii!

After going around at Dogo Shopping Arcade, there is Botchan Karakuri Clock which is also an icon. This big clock was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the main building of Dogo Hot Spring.

Uniquely, there will be music and dolls from the character of the Botchan novel, written by Soseki Natsume every hour. It is recommended to see it between 08.00 and 22.00 local time.

Next to Botchan Karakuri Clock is Ashiyu or hot footbath. Ashiyu is a special hot spring bath. Ashiyu can be enjoyed free of charge by tourists.

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There’s more, Botchan Train. This is a train that was made to resemble a steam train in the 1880s and 1950s. This train lane connects Dogo Onsen to the central area of ​​Matsuyama City, Ehime.

To be able to soak up hot water at the legendary Dogo Onsen, a traveler will be charged JPY 4,000 or around IDR 514,520 per person.

You who want to get around by rickshaw people can also know. This pedicab is pulled by human trees and tucked in front of Dogo Onsen from morning to night. Trinkets such as dolls are also provided on the train. The price depends on the path chosen.

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