Onsen

Hotspring (Onsen)

You can enjoy the hot spring,
which runs directly from the source,
just as in the old days.
Relax in the antique granite tub.

Dogo Onsen

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Dogo, the first city with natural hot spring ever in Japan’s history

Dogo, the first city with natural hot spring ever in Japan’s history

With the Taika Reformation (645 AD), each province was assigned a government official. This provence was divided into 3 areas. One region was named Dochu (what is now Imabari). The areas near this were called Dozen. And areas further away were referred to as Dogo (this is the area south of Imabari). In the modern era, the area with a hotspring (onsen) became known as Dogo and thus Dogo Onsen was born.

Dogo Onsen and the White Heron

Dogo Onsen and the White Heron

Legend says a white heron with an injured leg found a hotspring coming out of a rock. Everyday, the heron would come to the hotspring and put its foot inside. The foot got better and the heron flew away. The local people saw this and tried getting into the hotspring. It relaxed their tired bodies. The sick were healed. More and more people began to use it.
 
Now, it is believed that the hotspring is good for health and beauty, and is referred to as “the hotspring of beauty”.
 
From this legend, they created a monument to the white heron inside the main building of Dogo Onsen.

The hotspring

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Japan's oldest famous hotspring, Dogo Hotspring,
comes from a 100% natural source.

Japan's oldest famous hotspring, Dogo Hotspring,
comes from a 100% natural source.

The tub is made of ancient red granite.

Because the tub has been left untouched during the refurbishing, it remains on the small side, and can only accommodate up to 3 adults.
The hotspring can be used from 4:00pm to 10:50pm (alternating between male and female time slots). The last time slot for females is 9:00pm - 9:50pm, and the last time for males is 10:00pm - 10:50pm. It's possible to reserve a time slot for private use. We can also provide tickets for the main building of Dogo Onsen.

The tub is made of ancient red granite.
The tub is made of ancient red granite.

Hot spring Information

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Type standard alkaline spring
Benefits injured joints, injured nerves, upset stomachs
Type of Bath standard submerged hot spring
Operating Hours 4:00pm – 10:50pm
Items for Sale The bath area is equipped with soap (organic), and it is also for sale.
Razor: 120 yen
Hand towel: 100 yen
Toothbrush set: 70 yen
Private bath Please make a reservation if you would like private use of the hot spring.