Dogo Onsen Art Festival 2014


Located on the Island of Shikoku, Matsuyama is home to the oldest bath house in Japan - Dogo Onsen. This celebrated spring bath house, which was the inspiration behind the main building in award-winning film Spirited Away, is just about to celebrate its 120th anniversary.

From the 10th April to the 31st December, Dogo Onsen's main building will be transformed into an art piece by well-known artists for visitors to enjoy day or night. In addition to this, the whole of Matsuyama will host a major arts festival, with a wealth of artwork dotted around the 

streets and the stories of Dogo Onsen projected as silhouettes on the city walls. 11 hotels in the Dogo area are also participating, their rooms are to be transformed to the theme 'the deepest dream' by acclaimed artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Fujiwo Ishimoto, Yayoi 

Kusama, Shuntaro Tanigawa and Akira Minagawa. Each artist will be in charge of a different room, enabling guests to sleep within a unique work of art!

The festival will be a great way to enjoy this historic castle city and hot spring bath house.


Dogo Onsenart will be held from the 10th April - 31st December 2014.


This major art festival is held in honour of the 120th anniversary of Dogo Onsen. Artwork can be found in the main building of the spring bath house, and throughout the city of Matsuyama.