Introduction to the Dōgo Onsen Honkan bathhouse facilities

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Dogo Onsen Main Building began its full-scale conservation repair works on Jan. 15, 2019.
The 2nd & the 3rd Floor are closed, but Kami-No-Yu on the 1st floor is available.

The Dōgo Onsen Honkan is a picturesque symbol of Japan’s oldest hot spring. In 1994 it was the first public bathhouse in Japan designated as an Important National Cultural Asset, and in 2009 it was awarded the top rating of 3 stars by the Michelin Green Guide for Japan.
The present-day Kami-no-Yu Honkan is a 3-story wooden structure renovated in 1894 by Yukiya Isaniwa, the first mayor of Dōgo Yunomachi. The building was designed by Matahachiro Sakamoto, a craftsman from a family of master carpenters who worked on Matsuyama Castle. Featuring a truss structure that incorporates Western techniques, this grand 3-tiered building is crowned by a square cupola called the Shinrokaku that features giyaman glass windows and a roof adorned by a sculpture of the egret from the Dōgo Onsen legend. The Dōgo Onsen Honkan has two bathing areas, the Tama-no-Yu and Kami-no-Yu, and guests can select from four bathing packages: the Tama-no-Yu 3rd floor private room, Tama-no-Yu 2nd floor public lounge, Kami-no-Yu 2nd floor public lounge, and Kami-no-Yu downstairs.

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Kami-no-Yu downstairs

This package includes only the Kami-no-Yu with no lounge. After purchasing your ticket, proceed to the immediately adjacent separate men’s and women’s changing rooms on the 1st floor. The Dōgo Onsen Honkan is extremely popular with local residents, with some coming to bathe almost every day. This package is recommended for guests who only wish to enjoy bathing in an atmosphere like that of a neighborhood public bathhouse.

Kami-no-Yu downstairs
Kami-no-Yu

Kami-no-Yu

The stone bathing rooms adorned with Tobe porcelain panel paintings and the baths with their large column-shaped water spouts (called a “yugama”) are representative of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan’s unique appeal. With two men’s bathing rooms and one women’s bathing room, at the center of the women’s bath stand statues of Ōkuninushi no Mikoto and Sukunahikona no Mikoto, two divinities that appear in the legend of Dōgo Onsen.

Usage fees

Type Adult
(age 12 or older)
Child
(age 2 to 11)
Business hours Usage Time
Kami-no-Yu Downstairs 410yen 160yen 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
(last admission 10:30 p.m.)
Up to 1 hr.

* A portion of the fees paid by visitors is used for preservation and repair of Dōgo Onsen Honkan, an Important National Cultural Asset.

Dōgo Onsen Honkan Original Merchandise

Dōgo Onsen Honkan original face towel with mandarine orange soap :250 yen (tax included)
mandarine orange soap/50 yen (tax included)
Shampoo & Hair Conditioner : 50 yen each(tax included)

See introductions to the public bathhouses.