Dogo Onsen bath house

See inside Japan’s Ehime region of relaxation (Sponsored)

There are many things Japan is known for. From their food, to their hard-working ethics, to their kimonos, Geisha and onsen, it’s a country of one crazy-rich history and culture that is propagated all around the world.

But going there is a completely different experience altogether.

Sure, a visit to somewhere like Okinawa is one thing, but Japan’s none-too-often travelled Ehime region should be the next on the list for anyone.

It’s got the mainstays of Japan, of course, but is most well-known for its castle and Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s oldest hot springs.

The concept is pretty foreign to Australians, offering an uninterrupted chance for relaxation and centralisation within at the public bathhouses.

It’s a Japanese tradition that has been around for reportedly over 1000 years, but is still  apart of modern day existence for locals who are after a bit of R&R.

The renowned Dogo Onsen is basically the first iteration of the world’s day spa concept, offering somewhere for diligent Japanese workers to wind-up for the day and chill right out after it.

Dogo Onsen Japan

But it’s the main attraction in Dogo Onsen is the Honkan, a wooden bath house that is said to date back to 1894. It’s even meant to be popular with the Japanese Imperial Family!

The interior of the Honkan is a maze of stairways, passages and rooms, which are all packed with bathers and staff all day long, serving-up their legendary services in the surrounds of a Japanese bath house from the year 1630.

But for those whose thing extends far beyond bathing and relaxation, Ehime prefecture has so many other attractions in addition to while away the time, like the Uwajima castle on the coast, Matsuyamajo castle in Matsuyama and all the natural beauty you need.

Explore what’s on offer with the below interactive video below…

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