Four Bathing Packages
Dōgo Onsen Honkan has two types of bathing rooms—Tama-no-Yu and Kami-no-Yu, and offers four bathing packages. They are “Tama-no-Yu 3rd Floor Private Room,” “Tama-no-Yu 2nd Floor,” “Kami-no-Yu 2nd Floor,” and “Kami-no-Yu Downstairs.” Guests can rest in either the large hall or a private room, depending on which package they choose. After the bath, they are invited to put on a yukata and enjoy some tea—carefully prepared with water boiled over a charcoal fire—and sweets such as Botchan dango (sweet rice dumplings). After the bath, guests are also invited to view the Yūshinden, the only private bathing room made exclusively for use by the Imperial Family, and Botchan-no-Ma (“room of Botchan”), which is said to have been used by writer Natsume Sōseki, who wrote the novel Botchan
1. Kami-no-Yu 2nd Floor
For guests who wish to leisurely relax in a large, spacious hall after the bath. Go up the staircase at the end of the first floor hallway while following the blue floor guide and you will arrive at a large 100m2 hall. Take a rental yukata and proceed to the Kami-no-Yu on the lower level. After the bath, unwind with some tea and rice crackers.
2. Tama-no-Yu 2nd Floor
For a slightly more deluxe experience, we invite you to choose the Tama-no-Yu. The slightly smaller bathing area comparted to the Kami-no-yu contains a distinguished bath tub exquisitely constructed with marble and Aji stone, creating a tranquil atmosphere for your bathing experience. This value package also includes a viewing of the Yūshinden, the only private bathing room made exclusively for the Imperial Family.
3. Tama-no-Yu 3rd Floor Private Room
For guests who wish to rent a private lounging room. This package includes a bath in the Tama-no-Yu and a viewing of the Yūshinden. Enjoy a soak in a tranquil bathing room, and also in the Kami-no-Yu if you so desire. Spend time of pure bliss as you enjoy some tea and Botchan dango (sweet rice dumplings) and gaze over the view of Dōgo from your private room.
4. Kami-no-Yu Downstairs
Dōgo Onsen is a gensen kakenagashi-style (continuous flow from source), simple Alkaline hot spring. It is lauded for having the qualities possessed by superior hot springs, such as the feeling of the hot water on the skin, high-quality effervescence, and the refreshing feel after the bath. The yugama (fountainhead) made of Aji stone (quarried in Aji-chō, Kawaga Prefecture and prized as among the finest-grade stones) in the men’s bath is engraved with a chōka poem (a form of classical Japanese court poetry) written by Yamabe no Akahito, a poet of Manyōshū (oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry).