Tourist information

Front page > Tourist information

Tourist spots in the Dogo Onsen area

Use QR codes on your walking tour

The Dogo Onsen area offers walking course and tourist information using QR codes.

Be sure to take advantage of MATSUYAMA FREE Wi-Fi, available near signs.

Signs in the Dogo Onsen area

Signs in the D<span class=ogo Onsen area">
1) Read the QR code 1)	Read the QR code
2) Get tourist information 2)	Get tourist information

Sora-no-Sanpomichi
(sky promenade & footbath)

Sora-no-Sanpomichi(sky promenade & footbath)
Sora-no-Sanpomichi(sky promenade & footbath)

Sora-no-Sanpomichi is an observation promenade atop Mt. Kanmuriyama on the south side of Dogo Onsen Honkan. It commands a gorgeous view of Dogo Onsen Honkan below and across the town of Dogo. Along with the arbors and benches, it has a footbath with hot spring water flowing directly from the source, allowing visitors to enjoy the view while relaxing. To make it more inviting, there is a changing room as well. The garden, with its wisteria trellis, cherry blossoms in the spring, hydrangea in the summer, colored leaves in the autumn, and camellia in the winter, is also a big treat, offering flowers and trees of the four seasons. Lights come on at night to create a romantic atmosphere.

Location 4-30 Dogo-yunomachi, Matsuyama City
Access 10-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours Footbath open 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Closed Open year-round (footbath temporarily closed for one day in December)
Admission Free
Other Appearance may differ depending on the progress of construction while Dogo Onsen Honkan is undergoing conservation and repair work.

Dogo Onsen
No.4 Hot Spring Supply Facility
& Handbath

Dōgo Onsen No.4 Hot Spring Supply Facility
Dōgo Onsen No.4 Hot Spring Supply Facility
Dōgo Onsen No.4 Hot Spring Supply Facility

Dogo Onsen has 18 hot spring sources. The pumped water is collected in what is called a hot spring supply facility. Hot water of varied temperatures is blended and adjusted so that it stays at a constant temperature. It is then sent to public bathhouses such as the Dogo Onsen Honkan, as well as hotels. The characteristic of Dogo Onsen is the hot spring water direct from the source with no reheating or added water. Dogo Onsen has four hot spring supply facilities, but the No. 4 Hot Spring Supply Facility is the only place where visitors can observe how the water is collected and enjoy the feel of the freshly pumped hot spring in the handbath.

Location 7-28 Dogo-yunomachi, Matsuyama City (Northeast of Dogo Onsen Station)
Access 1-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (handbath may be used 24 hours)
Closed Open year-round (observation room temporarily closed for one day in December)
Admission Free

Botchan Karakuri Clock

Botchan Karakuri Clock
Botchan Karakuri Clock

This clock was erected in 1994 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Dogo Onsen Honkan, using the Shinro-kaku design as its motif. What makes the clock that can be seen as soon as visitors get off the tram at Dogo Onsen Station so popular is the karakuri mechanism. When the time comes, the lights come on and the clock rises to the sound of taiko drums. Then characters from NATSUME Soseki’s novel Botchan appear from the inside to tell their story. Finally, the local beauty Madonna appears, expressing a few words of welcome to everyone in Dogo.

Location Dogo-yunomachi, Matsuyama City
Access A few steps from Dogo Onsen Station
Performance time The marionettes come to life every hour between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and every half-hour on weekends, holidays, and peak tourist season.

Hojo-en Plaza / Footbath

放生園・足湯
放生園・足湯

Next to the Botchan Karakuri clock, there is a footbath that flows directly from the hot spring source. This area got its name Hojo-en because there was once a pond here known as hojo-chi, where captured fish were released as part of Buddhisme practices. The yugama waterspout had actually been used at Dogo Onsen’s Yojo-no-yu (present south wing). There is also a small changing room (free of charge) to remove stockings and other items so everyone can enjoy the footbath.

Location Dogo-yunomachi, Matsuyama City
Access A few steps from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Closed Open year-round
Admission Free

Shiki Museum

子規記念博物館

Offering an in-depth experience of literature, the Shiki museum highlights the life of MASAOKA Shiki, a poet from Matsuyama. Shiki developed his own style of haiku and tanka theory, making great achievements in the world of Japanese literature until his death at the young age of 34. Here, Shiki’s world view is on display in an easy-to-follow manner using panels and videos, with a light on his circle of friends. Instructor guides (free of charge) and a multilingual audio guides (100 yen per unit) are also available.

Location 1-30 Dogo-koen Park, Matsuyama City
Access 5-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (9:00-6:00 from May to October)
Closed Tuesdays (the following day when Tuesday is a national holiday)
Admission 400 yen to view permanent exhibition
Details http://sikihaku.lesp.co.jp/

Himitsu ja Nai Base

ひみつジャナイ基地
ひみつジャナイ基地

The interaction center Himitsu ja Nai Base is a work of art that was made for Dogo Art 2019/2020. Located at the top of Shonin-zaka slope on the east side of Dogo Onsen Honkan, it is designed with the graceful curved roof of temples and shrines as its motif. Himitsu ja Nai Base provides information about art that can be found all around Dogo as well as tourism. Visitors are invited to experience creating simple art (free of charge) and enjoy gallery exhibitions.

Location 2-41 Dogo Yuzuki-cho, Matsuyama City
Access 9-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays (some temporary closures)
Admission Free

Dogo-Koen Park
(Yuzuki Castle Ruins)

道後公園(湯築城跡)
道後公園(湯築城跡)

Dogo-koen park is a well-maintained historic site built on the Yuzuki castle ruins that were once home to the powerful KONO family of Iyo and has been selected as one of the Japan’s Top 100 Historical Parks and one of Japan’s Top 100 Castles. Cherry blossoms are beautiful in the spring, water lilies in the summer, colored leaves in the autumn, and camellia in the winter. It is a perfect spot all year round, to take in the four seasons and nature of Japan while walking around and listening to the chirping of the birds. The park also has an observatory with a panoramic view of the city and an open space with playground equipment, making it popular among families. Taking a walk or jogging along the streets that once wound through the residential part of the castle grounds is also recommended. Feel the history and culture of the Dogo area in the museum with exhibits of excavated goods and the restored buke yashiki (samurai residence).

Location Dogo-koen Park, Matsuyama City
Access 1-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours Museum and buke yashiki (samurai residence) 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed Museum and buke yashiki Mondays (the following day when Monday is a national holiday)
Admission Free
Details www.dogokouen.jp

Enman-ji Temple

Enman-ji Temple
Enman-ji Temple

Enshrined in front of the main hall, said to have been built in the early 9th century, is the Yunodaijizo-son with a total height of 1-jo 12-shaku (about 3.64 meters). Yunodaijizo (lit. grand guardian deity of hot water) is a protector against fire calamities (Hiyoke-jizo) to keep the people of Dogo safe from fires, and also known as Enmei-jizo of longevity. Enman-ji temple is popular as a “power spot” for successful romance and offers lucky charms such as Ematama and Haiku-koi-mikuji for writing wishes in haiku. The colorful Omusubi-dama are a welcome photo opportunity.

Location 4-49 Dogo Yuzuki-cho, Matsuyama City
Access 8-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hogon-ji Temple

宝厳寺

Hogon-ji temple, founded in the 4th year of Emperor Tenji (665), is known as the birthplace of the Kamakura period monk Ippen Shonin, founder of the Jishū sect. Ippen Shonin, originally a member of the domain lord KONO clan, became a priest and headed out on his journey to spread the teachings of Buddha and distribute tablets in ceremony. His odori-nembutsu (dancing while chanting Buddha’s name) is said to be the origin of the Bon-odori Dance. The national important cultural property Wooden Statue of Ippen Shonin depicting Ippen during his ritual travels was burned down in a fire in 2013 but rebuilt in 2016 along with the Ippen Shonin-do hall. The temple has a quiet atmosphere and is a popular place to watch the sunset away from the crowd. The golden leaves of the large gingko trees are an autumn attraction.

Location 5-4 Dogo Yuzuki-cho, Matsuyama City
Access 9-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours Main Hall and Ippen Shonin-do are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Isaniwa-jinja Shrine

伊佐爾波神社
伊佐爾波神社

It is not known when the shrine was founded, but it is mentioned in writings of the Engi period (901-923) and has attracted worshipers for over 1,000 years. The current main sanctuary beautifully painted in bright vermillion with numerous decorations, was rebuilt in 1667 (Kanbun 7) by the lord of the Matsuyama domain in appreciation of his prayers being fulfilled. It is one of Japan’s three complete examples of Hachiman-zukuri architecture, along with Usa Hachiman-gū shrine in oita and Iwashimizu Hachiman-gū shrine in Kyoto, and is a designated important cultural property of Japan. The building stands at the top of a long 135-step stone staircase, overlooking the town of Dogo and Matsuyama-jo castle.

Location 173 Sakuradani-cho, Matsuyama City
Access 5-minute walk from Dogo Onsen Station
Opening hours 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (longer in the summer)

How to use MATSUYAMA FREE Wi-Fi

MATSUYAMA FREE Wi-Fi

SSID:Matsuyama_Free Wi-Fi

*Register your e-mail address when connecting for the first time only.
*There is a 60-minute limit per connection. (Connect as many times as you like.)

First time

1) Select SSID Matsuyama_Free_ Wi-Fi on your device near a MATSUYAMA FREE Wi-Fi Logo sticker.
2) Select Connect to Internet on your portal screen.
3) Enter your email address and select Register.
4) Select Agree to the security level.

松山フリーWi-Fi

Second time onward

1) Select Connect to Internet on your portal screen.
2) Select Agree to the security level (no need to enter your email address).

Lactation Room for Visitors

Lactation Room for Visitors
Lactation Room for Visitors

If you wish to use the facility, please press the intercom and management will unlock it for you.
For your security and peace of mind, the room is equipped with a sanitizing solution and is disinfected after each use.

Available every day from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location Dogo Onsen Tsubaki-no-Yu (19-22 Dogo-yunomachi, Matsuyama City)
*There is also an entrance in the Asuka-no-Yu courtyard (corridor)
Amenities 1 diaper changing bed, 1 diaper changing cubicle (standing type), 1 nursing chair,

Tourist information site

The Official Website of Tourism Matsuyama

The Official Website of Tourism Matsuyama

http://matsuyama-sightseeing.com/

Matsuyama Convention and Visitors Bureau

Matsuyama Convention and Visitors Bureau

http://www.mcvb.jp/

Tourist brochure

Walking Tour Map Dogo Time Exploration Omnibus

Dogo Time Exploration is a walking tour based on its theme “time” that takes you through different time zones, seasons, climate and cultural conditions. Course maps are available at the Dogo Tourist Information Center.

Sketch map of accommodations in Dogo Onsen area

Sketch map of accommodations in Dogo Onsen area.
A convenient map with information about hotels, ryokans, footbaths, handbaths, and more, in and around Dogo Onsen. Keep it with you during your trip.

Dogo Onsen accommodations

A list of 32 hotels and ryokans, Japanese-style hotels, in the Dogo area with rates and supplementary information at a glance.

Dogo Haikara Dori Street Map

Map of Dogo Haikara Dori, the shopping street that runs from the Dogo Onsen Honkan to the tram’s Dogo Onsen Station.
You’ll also find information about Dogo’s footbaths and handbaths, so be sure to visit.

Introductions to the public bathhouse facilities