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Regional Focus: Dōgo

Dōgo is a part of Matsuyama, known for Dōgo Onsen and its pretty Honkan bathhouse.

Location

The eastern side of Matsuyama

Description

A hot spring resort town in the outskirts of Matsuyama and an ideal base for travel in western Shikoku

Attractions

Three large bathhouses, free public foot spas, Buddhist temples, Shintō shrines, museums, restaurants, bars, shopping, entertainment, art, sake and beer brewery

Accommodation

Hotels, ryokan, guesthouses, youth hostel

Regional Focus: Dōgo

Dōgo is a part of Matsuyama, known for Dōgo Onsen and its pretty Honkan bathhouse. Until relatively recently, Dōgo was an entirely separate area from Matsuyama, but development has filled in the space between them. This charming little self-contained area has the air of a traditional Japanese resort, with visitors strolling around in colourful yukata robes. 

The Honkan is surrounded by ryokan hotels offering various levels of luxury. All have baths fed by the same hot spring. Beside the Honkan, there are two other large public baths, Tsubaki no Yu and Asuka no Yu. There are several places where you can enjoy a free and relaxing foot bath. Trams and the Botchan Train provide convenient transport to the centre of Matsuyama, making Dōgo a convenient base for a stay.

Besides the baths, Dōgo has a large park that used to be the site of a castle. The large hill in the middle offers a panoramic view of Matsuyama and the mountains around it. There are several Shintō shrines such as the distinctive red Isaniwa Shrine, and Matsuyama Shrine, and Buddhist temples including Hōgon-ji and Enman-ji with its big Buddha.

Dōgo Arcade is packed with attractive shops offering high-quality souvenirs and snacks. There are also numerous cafés in the arcade, as well as a wide range of restaurants. Sake lovers will enjoy a visit to Minakuchi Brewery, which also makes Dōgo Beer.

Museums include the Giyaman Glass Museum featuring rare and elegant glassware, and the Shiki Museum dedicated to haiku poet Masaoka Shiki.

What to do in Dōgo

Learn all about Dōgo and its attractions in our blog post

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Audio Tour

ShikokuTours is offering a walking tour of Dōgo published using VoiceMap, an innovative audio walking tour app.

It’s available for download from iTunes and Google Play, and you can also check out the tour at VoiceMap’s website.

Our tour visits the best places in Dōgo including,

– Dōgo Onsen Honkan

– Asuka no Yu Onsen

– Minakuchi Brewery

– Dōgo Park and Yuzuji Castle site

– Enman-ji Temple

with a wealth of entertaining detail and all the back stories.

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