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Current Dogo Onsen Honkan operation

Since July 15, 2021, the Tama-no-Yu has been in operation.
(The entrance has been changed to the east side gate.)

Tour of the Yūshinden is available.
Details of the Yūshinden are here.

Dogo Onsen Honkan began conservation and repair work on Jan. 15, 2019, while remaining open for business. The second floor and areas above, which have relaxation rooms, are closed, but you can take a bath on the first floor.

Information regarding construction will regularly be updated here.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Dogo Onsen Office at 089-921-5141.

道后温泉本馆保存修护施工(前期)的营业 ※神之汤照常营业。
道后温泉本馆保存修护施工(后期)(灵之汤开放营业) 道后温泉本馆保存修护施工(后期)(灵之汤开放营业)

Onsen facilities

Dogo Onsen Honkan, a symbol of Dogo Onsen which is said to be as Japan’s oldest hot spring, is a facility examplified by Kami-no-Yu.
The most attractive feature of Dogo Onsen Honkan is that, while it became the first public bathhouse in Japan designated as a National Important Cultural Property in 1994, it continues operating as an active public bathhouse without being converted to a museum. In 2009 it was awarded the top rating of 3 stars by the Michelin Green Guide Japan.
The present-day Kami-no-Yu Honkan is a 3-story wooden structure renovated in 1894 by Isaniwa Yukiya, the first mayor of Dogo Yunomachi. He overcame many difficulties, looking ahead to the prosperity of Dogo 100 years later. The later construction of the Yūshinden in 1899, renovation of Yojo-yu in 1924, and another renovation in 1935 have led to the current appearance. The building was designed by Sakamoto Matahachiro, 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 Shinrokaku, which features giyaman glass windows and a roof adorned by a sculpture of the egret from the Dogo Onsen legend.



Although smaller than Kami-no-Yu, the bath constructed of aji-ishi and oshima-ishi, which are considered two of the finest types of granite, the marble walls, and other features create an exquisitely luxurious bath.


Charges and Business hours

※ A portion of the amount paid by visitors is used for conservation and repair of Dogo Onsen Honkan, a National Important Cultural Property.

Facility Adult
(age 12 or older)
(age 2 to 11)
Business hours Length of use
Tama-no-Yu 460yen 160yen 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
(last admission 10:30 p.m.)
Up to 1 hr.

※Shampoo, conditioner, and soap are not provided free of charge.
※Since October 1, 2019, the discount system for elderly and disabled people living in Matsuyama has been changed.For details, see “Regarding the bathing charge subsidy system” on the external website, Matsuyama City HP.

※Since July 15, 2021, the Honkan has been operating in the second half of the conservation and repair work period, and Tama-no-Yu is available for bathing. The charges are the same as in the previous period.

【Inquiries about the bath charge subsidy system】

  • Elderly --- Elderly Welfare Division (089-948-6408)
  • People with physical or intellectual disabilities --- Disabled Welfare Division (089-948-6353)
  • People with mental conditions --- Public Health and Disease Prevention Division (089-911-1816)

For your convenience, we have introduced cashless payment such as credit cards and electronic money. Acceptable payment services are as follows:

■Categories and types of acceptable payment services

Category Number Type
Credit card 7 VISA, Mastercard, JCB, AMEX, Diners, DISCOVER, 銀聯
Debit card 1 branded debit
Electronic money 15 traffic system IC card (Suica, ICOCA, PASMO, toica, nimoca, SUGOCA, manaca, Kitaca, Hayakaken), iD, Rakuten Edy, WAON, nanaco, QUICPay, machica
QR code 6 Alipay, WeChatPay, auPAY, LINEPay, Yucho Pay, 銀聯

*Since November 16, 2020, the type of acceptable debit card has been changed from J-Debit to branded debit.

Items sold in the Honkan shop

Dōgo Onsen Honkan original towel / 220 yen
・rental towel / 50 yen
・rental bath towel / 200 yen
・yukata (S, L) / 4,000 yen
・yukata (LWide, 3L) / 5,000 yen
mikan soap (small) / 60 yen
・shampoo, conditioner / 50 yen each
・POM juice / 150 yen
・Pocari Sweat / 140 yen
・mineral water / 140 yen
※Each price includes tax.

Introductions to the public bathhouse facilities