Dogo Onsen

One of the oldest hot springs in Japan

Dogo Onsen is said to be one of the oldest hot springs in Japan, with a history as long as 3,000 years.

Known as “Iyo-no-yu” and “Kyudatsu-no-yu,” it appears as a famous hot spring in the Chronicles of Japan (720), Manyoshu (circa 780), and The Tale of Genji (circa 1008 by Murasaki Shikibu), among others.

It is known throughout Japan as the setting of Soseki Natsume’s novel “Bo-chan” (1905), and Soseki Natsume often visited Dogo with his friend Shiki Masaoka.

In Studio Ghibli’s animated film “Spirited Away” (released in 2001), the Dogo Onsen Honkan was one of the models for the “Aburaya” in the film.

Dogo Hot Spring Resort is centered around the Dogo Onsen Honkan, which is located in the center of the resort. The main building itself is a tourist facility, but the shopping area is also crowded with tourists.

A small park in front of Dogo Onsen Station on the city’s train line is home to the Bocchan Karakuri Clock, a footbath, and a hot-spring water pot. In the square in front of the station, the locomotive and passenger carriages of the Bocchan train are kept and illuminated at night.

The hotel and inn district runs from north to east of the main onsen building, and there are many places of interest nearby, including Dogo Park, the ruins of Yuzuki Castle, Yu Shrine, Isaniwa Shrine, Hogonji Temple, Nikitatsu no Michi, Sechi Museum, and Matsuyama City Shiki Memorial Museum.

The hot spring is a non-volcanic type of geothermal origin, and the quality of the spring is simple hot spring. It is mixed at a source temperature of 42-51 degrees Celsius and supplied at 46 degrees Celsius.


Dogo Onsen
Official Site
5-6 Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture
Telephone number

20 minutes by tram (Bocchan Train) from JR Matsuyama Station to Dogo Onsen Station.

Ehime Matsuyama, Dogo Onsen Shikoku
Onsen resort


Matsuyama, Dogo Onsen