Dogo Onsen

A Meiji Period wooden bathhouse where the Imperial Family choose to bathe.

Dogo Onsen in Matsuyama is one of Japan's oldest onsen hot spring resorts, dating back over 1,000 years. The main wooden bathhouse was built in 1884 and to this day a bathroom is still specially reserved for the Imperial Family. The bathhouse is a maze of narrow stairways, wooden passages and bathrooms always busy with onsen bathers. It is said to have provided the inspiration for Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli animation Spirited Away.

Dogo Onsen

located in Matsuyama

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