Dōgo Onsen is one of Japan’s most famous spas, said to be the oldest in the country.
Recently, paper guides have been made for foreign visitors,
and people from all over the world have started to enjoy visiting the onsen.
The onsen isn’t just for washing yourself.
It’s a place of healing where you can relax and let go of your cares.
Be sure to observe the simple rules so that everybody can enjoy their bath.
Dōgo Onsen Honkan has two bathrooms, Tama no Yu and Kami no Yu. You can choose from four courses, the Tama no Yu and 3rd floor private room course, the Tama no Yu and 3rd floor lounge course, the Kami no Yu 2nd floor lounge course, and the Kami no Yu only course. The courses give you a choice of using the public lounge or a private room.
After your bath you can put on yukata and enjoy tea prepared on a charcoal brazier, and snacks like Botchan dango. Also, you can visit the Yūshinden, Japan’s only bathroom for the exclusive use of the Emperor, and Botchan no Ma, a room used by the renowned Japanese novelist, Sōseki Natsume, who wrote Botchan.
Dōgo Onsen is a simple alkaline hot spring, a gentle water with a slippery texture.
Bathing in the water leaves your skin smooth and beautiful, making it a favourite with the ladies.
The yudama is a symbol of Dōgo Onsen, said to represent a drop of onsen water or the ripples that spread from the rising spring.
This yudama and the white heron who discovered Dōgo Onsen are found as decorative motifs all over the Dōgo Onsen Honkan. See if you can find them all.
The exhibition room in the Honkan has a display of old entrance tickets, tea ceremony appurtenances, and visitors’ books inscribed with the names of the famous.
You can see them free of charge, so why not get a feel for the history of Dōgo Onsen after your bath?