Ehime Matsuyama Trip Part 6: Dogo Onsen Hot Spring

道後温泉 アイキャッチ画像


I traveled to Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture for three days and two nights in late April. This was my sixth trip to Ehime Matsuyama and I was able to enjoy the trip as my first travel since I changed my camera and lens. In this article, I will write about Dogo Onsen Hot Spring as part of Day 2.

[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Matsuyama Airpot
* Day 1: Mitsuhama, Baishinji and Takahama
* Day 1: Emifull Masaki
* Day 1: Matsuyama City Station and Okaido (Light-up)
* Day 2: Ehime Prefectural Government
* Day 2: Dogo Onsen Honkan [This article]
* Day 2: Dogo Onsen Honkan (Light-up)
* Day 3: Asuka-no-yu and Mican Room
* Day 3: Dogo ONSENART
* Day 3: Dogo Arcade
* Day 3: Dogo Arcade and Matsuyama Airport (Mican)

[Travel Date]

[Main Part]

Dogo Onsen Station (道後温泉駅)

Following the previous post, I moved from Ehime Prefectural Government to Dogo Onsen station. Just after I got off a tram, Botchan train (坊っちゃん列車) reached the station.Botchan train1

The tram with orange and green two-tome color body was the one I took.""

Botchan train (坊っちゃん列車) with a  background of the station building.Botchan train2

Combination of Dogo Onsen station and trams.Dogo Onsen station tram1

As the weather forecast predicted that it would become cloudy in the afternoon, I moved to Dogo Onsen earlier than I planned so that I could take photos while it was sunny.Matsuyama tram1

This was my favorite spot. Whenever I visit Dogo Onsen, I will take pictures from this spot.Dogo Onsen Station Botchan train1

An art work was exhibited beside the clock as part of an art festival (“Dogo ONSENART 2018”).Dogo Onsen Clock

Dogo Sopping Arcade.Dogo Sopping Arcade1

Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館)

I went through Dogo Shopping Arcade and came to Dogo Onsen Honkan.Dogo Onsen Honkan1

There were lots of visitors here.Dogo Onsen Honkan2

From  various angles.""


Dogo Onsen Honkan3

View of Dogo Shopping Arcade from Dogo Onsen Honkan.Dogo Sopping Arcade2

On the contrary, view of Dogo Onsen Honkan from Dogo Shopping Arcade.""

There were two public bath houses other than Dogo Onsen Honkan. One of them is “Tsubaki-no-yu” (椿の湯).Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-no-yu

The other one is “Asuka-no-yu” (飛鳥乃湯泉), which was opened in December 2017.Dogo Onsen Asuka-no-yu

Hamomeshi-Imaru (鱧めしイ○)

Now I will have a lunch. When I walked around Dogo Shopping Arcade, I found several new shops and restaurants have been opened since I visited Dogo Onsen last time in November 2016. Among new restaurants, I visited “Hamomeshi-Imaru (鱧めしイ○)”.""

In the restaurant.""

I ordered “Matsuyama Hamo Mabushi-zen”.""

“Shabu-shabu with sea beam” as a starter.道後温泉 鱧めしイ○1

“Hamo Mabushi-zen” as a main dish. Hamo means conger pike.道後温泉 鱧めしイ○2

Dogo Onsen Station (道後温泉駅)

I will take tram train photos around Dogo Onsen station after lunch. Here are some snaps.Matsuyama tram2

Matsuyama tram3


Dogo Onsen station tram2

Botchan train (坊っちゃん列車).Botchan train3

It started to become cloudy around this time.Dogo Onsen Station Botchan train2

This was a new tram.Dogo Onsen station tram3

Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館) Bathing

I will take a bath in Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館).Dogo Onsen Honkan4

I bought a ticket and went into the facility.""

On the first floor.""

There were several pictures on the wall.""



There were four bathing corses at Dogo Onsen Honkan and I chose “Tama-no-yu (霊の湯) private room on the third floor”.Dogo Onsen Honkan private room

After I took a bath, I had “Botchan Dango (坊っちゃん団子).Dogo Onsen Honkan Botchan Dango

Then, I left Dogo Onsen Honkan.Dogo Onsen Honkan rest room


That’s it for the article about Dogo Onsen Hot Spring as part of Day 2 of my Ehime Matsuyama trip.

Renovation work is scheduled from January 2019 at Dogo Onsen Honkan. So that’s why I decided to visit Ehime Matsuyama, as this should be the last chance for me to see the current Dogo Onsen Honkan building 🙂

In the next article, I will write about light-up of Dogo Onsen Hot Spring as part of Day 2.


1 Dogo Onsen Station
2 Dogo Shopping Arcade
3 Dogo Onsen Honkan
4 Asuka-no-yu
5 Hamomeshi-imaru

[Related Link]
The Official Website of Tourism Matsuyama
Dogo Onsen Hot Spring (Japanese)
Hamomeshi-imaru (Tabelog)

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    1. Hi Jes, thank you for your comment. I presume you can communicate in English at airport and hotels in Matsuyama. In other places including tourists spots and restaurants, it depends on. However, people in Matsuyama are very kind, so even if they are not fluent in English, I don’t think you have difficulties in communicating with them 🙂

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