Monday, August 12, 2013

道後温泉 Dōgo Onsen/ Dōgo hot sprin



Dogo Onsen is one of the oldest and most famous hot springs in Japan.  It is located in Matsuyama, in Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku.

According to legend, it is said that it healed a deity’s illness.


The main attraction in Dogo Onsen is the main building itself, ‘Dogo Onnsen Honkan.’ 
It is a wooden public bathhouse with a three-tiered style roof and was built in 1894.
The building is the symbol of Dogo Spa Resort and is the inspiration behind the hot spring bathhouse in Hayao Miyazaki’s famous animated film, ‘Spirited Away’.
In 1994, this building was designated as an important culture asset by the Japanese government.

建物の中 (Inside the building)
神の湯Kaminoyu (bath of the Gods)

霊の湯Tamano yu(bath of the sprits)
大広間 ohiroma(hall)

‘Botchan’ is a very famous novel written by Soseki Natsume.
This hot spring is the only place he loved in Matsuyama.
坊ちゃん団子とお茶  (Rice dumplings wih tea)

坊ちゃんの間  (Botchan’s room)


 If you want, you can sip tea and eat sweet dumplings, before changing into your ‘yukata’ (cotton bathrobe).


 Taking s stroll around Dogo Onsen wearing ‘yukata’ is another very enjoyable thing to do.

ぼっちゃんからくり時計  (botchan clockwise mechanism)
足湯 (foot bath)

道後温泉駅と坊ちゃん電車 (Dōgo onsen station and botchan Train.)

   Relaxing at Dogo Onsen, enjoy the good old times of Japan.
----- Written by Yada-sensei 

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