I visited Dogo-onsen Hot Spring in Matsuyama city, Ehime prefecture in two years. “Mika Ninagawa × Dogo Onsen DOGO ART 2015”, an art festival, was held during my visit, so I was able to fully enjoy staying there. In this article, I will write about Dogo shopping arcade and Dogo gourmet.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Dogo Hot Spring main building (daytime)
* Dogo Hot Spring main building (light-up)
* Art works of “Mika Ninagawa × Dogo Onsen DOGO ART 2015”
* Dogo shopping arcade and Dogo gourmet [This article]
* Other spots in Dogo Onsen Hot Spring
* Dogo Onsen station and tram
* Mican room
Dogo Shopping Arcade
Dogo Shopping Arace, otherwise known as Dogo Haikara Dori, is an L-shaped shopping district which runs from Dogo Onsen station to Dogo Hot Spring main building. The shopping arcade is 250 meters long with 60 shops.
When tourists come to Dogo hot spring, they typically visit Dogo Hot Spring main building to take a bath there and stroll through Dogo Shopping Arcade. I also visited the shopping street several time during my stay, so I will write about it in this article. Let’s start 🙂
Strolling Dogo Shopping Arcade
The start point was a Japanese lantern gate near Dogo Onsen station.
During the period of “Mika Ninagawa × Dogo Onsen DOGO ART 2015”, the gate was decorated with Mika Ninagawa’s art works.
When I passed the gate, there was a building of the Dogo Onse tourist information center and a morning bazar was held.
A panel for tourists to take souvenir photos.
Let’s move on.
First, I stopped by “Dogo Tamaya”.
The shop was famous for its orange rice balls and I bought it.
Then, I visited “Fuyusha”, which sold traditional wallet.
Bocchan dango is one of the local famous confections.
There were several cafe in the street and I visited “Dogo-no-Machiya”.
Matsuyama tart is another local famous confection and “Rokujiya” is one of the famous makers.
Snaps of the street.
At the end of the shopping arcade, there was “Ichiroku Honpo” famous for its Ichiroku Tart.
It operates a cafe on the second floor.
Visiotrs are able to see Dogo Hot Spring main building from window tables.
I had a lunch here.
I also had a cake on another day.
Other Dogo gourmets
Here are some photos of other Dogo gourmets I had during my visits.
Rice cooked with shredded sea bream and local beer at Dogo-Bakushu-kan.
Sushi at Oidenya.
Udon at Daikokuya.
Just for an extra section, I will write about Mican goods I saw at Dogo Shopping Arcade. Mican is the mascot character of Ehime Prefecture. Since I first visited Ehime in December 2103, I have been a fan of Mican. Mican got the second place in the Yuru-Chara grand prix last year and has had a high profile recently. When I revisited Dogo Onsen for the first time in two years, I found many souvenir shops were selling Mican goods more and more.
(FYI) Related articles of Yuru-chara grand prix.
Yuru-chara Grand Prix 2015 at Hamamatsu
Mican’s parade at Matsuyama (part1)
Mican’s parade at Matsuyama (part2)
That’s it of the article about Dogo shopping arcade and Dogo gourmet. When I go traveling, I often plan tight schedules to visit as many places as possible. This time, however, I just stayed at Dogo hot spring for three days and two nights. So, I was able to have a relaxing trip 🙂
When visitors come to Dogo, they mainly visit Dogo Hot Spring main building and stroll through Dogo Shopping Arcade. However, there are other tourist spots in Dogo and I will write about them in the next article. (To be continued)