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Dogo Onsen

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Historic Dogo Onsen Matsuyama  Japan
Historic Dogo Onsen
A trip to the Dogo Onsen, one of Japan's most notable hot spring bathhouses, is a must for any visitor to Matsuyama. The onsen's winding hallways have been said to be inspiration for the award-winning animated film Spirited Away, and its history dates back more than a thousand years and even has a bathing room that was built especially for the emperor's use. First-timers to an onsen should read up on etiquette before arriving. Visitors can choose a few different packages--the cheapest is entry to the large public bath, while the most expensive (which is still very reasonably priced) allows for a private relaxation room after you've experienced a more exclusive bathing room. Many hotels in the area provide yukata and geta (dressing gowns and traditional sandals) to wear while exploring the area and at the onsen.

Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan