〜The oldest hot springs in Japan〜
Dogo Onsen has a history stretching back 3,000 years. The springs are mentioned in Nihon Shoki and The Tale of Genji, and have been visited by Prince Shotoku and other renowned figures from Japan’s history. It is famous as Ehime’s quintessential tourist attraction.
◆Warm up in the hot springs before enjoying an ice cream or cool beer
After exiting Dogo Onsen Station, you’ll see Dogo Haikara Dori. This shopping arcade sells celebratedEhime products such as Imabari Towels and high-quality lacquered chopsticks, and offers the chance to enjoy the local specialties of satsuma ice cream and satsuma juice. What’s more, the Dogo Beer Hall is a great place to sample local food and drink. And with four varieties of local beer to choose from, why not take a leisurely stroll once you’ve finished soaking in the hot springs?
◆Detox with a casual foot bath
Even if you don’t stay the night at Dogo Onsen, you can still treat yourself to a soothing foot bath. There are currently 11 foot baths in the area. These are located near hotels and inns, and can be used free of charge. What’s more, with some places providing lounges where you can sip a drink while you soak your feet, other places offering reflexology, and even places where you can cook eggs in the water, Dogo Onsen really does have foot bath options for everyone.
◆Dogo Onsen Annex Asuka-no-Yu now open
The new annex is now open near the Dogo Onsen Honkan, which is scheduled to undergo conservation work from 15th January 2019. Befitting the oldest hot springs in Japan, this new bathhouse incorporating the architectural style of the Asuka period (around the 7th century) fuses traditional handicrafts and cutting-edge art. The synthesis between tradition and innovation provides a stimulating experience while you soak in the relaxing waters.