Front page > Introduction to the Dogo Onsen Honkan bathhouse facilities
These private rooms were once called “joto,” meaning first class, and in Natsume Soseki’s novel Botchan is the line “I always used joto.” With this package you’ll be able to relax in your own private room after bathing.
Located in a section of the building constructed during the Taisho period, the public lounge’s hanging lamps with an egret motif give the historic structure a modern atmosphere.
Often featured in magazine pictorials, this large public lounge has a spacious feel, and from June through September the shoji doors are removed and sudare reed screens are hung for an even more open and airy atmosphere. The lounge can accommodate up to 80 guests, making this package especially suitable for groups.
Constructed in 1899, the Yūshinden is the only bathing room in Japan reserved solely for the Imperial Family. Designed to replicate Momoyama period architecture, the building is both elegant and luxurious. The wood and stone materials are of superior quality, and the gold leaf and gorgeously painted sliding screens captivate the eye. The pride of master craftsmen is expressed in the exquisite detail work, such as variations in the shoji door lattices and the carved checkered pattern of the ceiling.
This private room (on the northwest corner on the Honkan’s 3rd floor) is said to have been used in October 1895 by poet Masaoka Shiki and by Natsume Soseki, author of Botchan, following Soseki’s arrival for his new post in Matsuyama earlier that year, not long after the Dogo Onsen Honkan’s renovation. In 1966 the room was named “Botchan’s Room” by Soseki’s son-in-law, the author Matsuoka Yuzuru. Botchan-no-Ma (meaning “room of Botchan”) is open to Dogo Onsen Honkan guests free of charge, providing an opportunity to journey back to the time of a literary legend.
Although smaller than the Kami-no-Yu, the bath constructed of aji-ishi and oshima-ishi, considered two of the finest types of granite, the marble walls, and other features create an exquisitely luxurious bathing room.