Matsuyama and Dogo are places where everyone can become beautiful: a place of religious pilgrimage for improvement of the spirit, and Dogo Onsen for improvement of the body! The day you come to Dogo will be the day that you too become beautiful. So, how about finding the beautiful new you with us at Dogo?
The 51st of Shikoku's 88 Spiritual Locations, and said to be the temple of origin of the legendary Shikoku Pilgrimage: Nioumon was built in the Kamakura Era (1185 - 1333 AD) and is designated as a national treasure. It also holds many other important cultural objects, and is famous as a Matsuyama-Dogo "power spot" for modern day spirit seekers. This is a good opportunity to cleanse your heart and re-evaluate things!
Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City, Ishite 2-9-21 / 089-977-0870
Price: Free (Entrance to the Cultural Treasure Hall is 200 Yen)
Time: The grounds are open at all times (Tour groups are requires to pay an entrance fee)
Closing Days: None
Parking: 80 Cars (admission-paid)
The 88 sacred spots of Shikoku were founded about 1,200 years ago by Kouboudaishi (a great Buddhist teacher). The tradition of pilgrimaging around these 88 places was begun by the wealthy Eimon Saburou of Iyokuni Onsen County, Shouhara Town (Modern Day Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City). When he realized the error of his ways, he set out after Kouboudaishi and followed him all over Shikoku. This is the beginning of the legend, so they say. Nowadays, many young women also undergo the pilgrimage to seek divine help with finding work, getting married, improving their health or meeting someone new.
Recently, the pilgrimage has become popular among not only the religious, but young women seeking improved health, stress relief, and success in marriage or employment!
The greatest spiritual spot which Ishiteji Temple has to offer is the "Sand Bags" which encircle its three-story pagoda. In these bags are sand from each of Shikoku's 88 sacred places. If one rubs all of them, it is said that one gains the same divine benefit as one would from actually pilgrimaging to each location. It's a good way to brush up your luck if you're a lady looking for anything that might help.
It is said, if you're having leg troubles, that it's good to touch your legs with your hands after touching a "giant sandle." It's also said that the ashes of the sandals, being burned and made anew once every four years, also contain the divine blessing of the great teacher! Who would have thought!
Nioumon, already designated a national treasure, is one of Japan's foremost tower gates. The two statues, who guard the gate with their intense gaze, are said to be the masterwork of Unkei Ichimon.
Although Ishite Temple is on of Japan's foremost ancient temple, it's history has another side to it. It is dotted with many oddities, such as statues of numerous statues of Buddha, a golden tower called the "Mantora Tower" and a cave known as "The Bottom of the Earth." Please enjoy these sights as well during your stay.
"Daishidou," also known as the "Rakugakidou（Graffiti Hall）," is where it is said that Souseki Natsume and Shiki Masaoka scrawled their names! In modern days, the walls have been repaired and their writings are no longer there, but one wonders what these famous people might have written.
Dogo Onsen is counted among Japan's oldest onsens. It's history is remarkably old, with one theory dating it at 3,000 years old! We guarantee that you'll be taken with our three-story onsen's building which, built in 1894, exudes charm. Take in the history as you sit in the "bath of beauty" and enjoy the new suppleness in your skin! Refresh your spirit and your body in a bath that overflows with spiritual energy. You might even discover something new about yourself, ladies!
Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama City, Dogo Yunomachi 5-6 / 089-921-5141
Prices (for Kaminoyu's first floor) Adults: 400 Yen Children: 150 Yen Prices (for Kaminoyu's second floor) Adults: 1,500 Yen Children: 750 Yen
[Reinoyu's 2nd Floor Seats] Adults: 1,200 Yen Children: 600 Yen [Reinoyu's 3rd Floor Private Rooms] Adults: 1,500 Yen Children: 750 Yen
Time: 6AM - 11PM (May vary depending on plan)
Closing Days: None
Parking: 100 Cars (admission-paid)
The main building of Dogo Onsen, an important cultural treasure, was completed in the 27th year of the Meiji Era (1894). In April 2014, we will be celebrating our 120th anniversary. The literary master Natsume Souseki came to Matsuyama Junior High School to work as an English teacher the same year that this building was completed. He admired the building at the time and wrote it into his novel "Bocchan," in which he writes of it as "splendid." It is thought that Souseki himself actually visited many times.
Dogo Onsen is a 100% natural spring, welling up with no artificial heating or additional water. Water from 17 different onsens varying in temperature from 20 to 55 degrees Celcius is blended together, allowing us to provide to our customers a water temperature of 43 degrees. Even in all of Japan, this is unheard elsewhere, making this place an onsen among onsens. If you want to freshen up your skin, you can't go wrong going for a dip in our simple, slightly alkaline "Beauty Onsen."
This rock is often associated with the legend of the god of Izumo, who cured illness in the baths of Dogo. The indentations on the rock are said to be his footprints. Pouring water over them is said to cure illness, improve businesses and aid in marriage making. This is yet another "power spot" among young Japanese spiritualists, so it might be a good idea to make a wish while you're here!
Matsuyama has raised many famous poets, including Masaoka Shiki, and is a city with a strong connection to "Haiku."The 5-7-5 syllable Haiku, and the excursionary "Hike" have here been made into two new sightseeing activities with a funny portmanteau of a name: "Matsuyama Haiku" and "Ladies Haiku."
Venture around Matsuyama, following in the footsteps of the poet Masaoka Shiki while enjoying the seasons of the year
Start: Dogo Onsen Station Front / Marionette Clock 10:00AM Departure
Goal: Dogo Onsen Station Front / Marionette Clock 12:30PM Finish
Price: 3.000 Yen / Person
Included in Price: Guide Fee, Label-Making Fee, Workshop Fee (Minakuchi Brewery), Cost of Food and Refreshments at each store
Start: Dogo Onsen Station Front / Marionette Clock (10:30AM Departure)
Goal: Minakuchi Brewery [Nikitatsu Kurabu] (11:30AM Finish)
Price: 2.000 Yen / Person
Included in Price: Guide Fee, Label-Making Fee, Workshop Fee (Minakuchi Brewery)
Items of Special Mention: It's possible to change the size of the bottle received at Minakuchi Brewery from 300ml to 720ml. (There is an additional fee of 1,000 Yen.) / Please inform us of your choice when making your reservation. Customers not 20+ years of age may not participate