Dogo Onsen

Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest and most famous hot springs and is a very popular tourist attraction in Matsuyama.

Dogo Onsen has also been a frequent destination for Japan’s Imperial Family and is also thought to be the inspiration for the bath house in the Studio Ghibli movie Sprited Away.

The main attraction in Dogo Onsen is the Honkan, a wooden public bathhouse, dating from 1894. The interior is something of a maze of stairs, passages and rooms, all of which are usually filled with staff and other bathers.