Dogo Onsen Hot Springs (道後温泉)
Another nationwide attraction of Matsuyama is the fabled Dogo Onsen Hot Springs (道後温泉) .
Dogo Onsen Honkan Public bathhouse distinctive architecture can be fully experienced inside.
Dogo Onsen, one of the oldest and best-known hot spring spas in Japan, was visited
by several Emperors and Empresses, noblemen and noblewomen as early as the 5th century.
| This bathhouse is only a few minutes'
walk from the station.
|Shopping street for visitors.|
|Nostalgic train station of Dogo.|
| Dogo Park, which used to be a castle
of the feudal lord of Ehime Prefecture
until the end of 1600's..
| To the Japanese people in general, hot springs
are not only for healing physical ailments
but for recreation. The alkaline water
containing minerals is supposed to be good
for rheumatism, skin diseases, wounds
and so on.
| An automation clock at the entrance of
the shopping street.
There is an Ashiyu or a footbath at the
foot of the clock. .
Ishite-ji Temple (石手寺)
Ishite-ji temple (N0.51th) near Dogo Onsen is one of the most impressive
of the 88 Sacred Places (usually called Fudasho) of Shikoku.
It is also known for a gripping supernatural legend deeply imbued with the origin
of the Shikoku pilgrimage.
The temple offers lots of things to see, including the main gate
(a national treasure)m the main hall, the three-storied pagoda, the belfry,
the Gomado hall (all important cultural Properties), and the treasure house.
| The Deva Gate.
|The three-storied pagoda.|
|The front shrine.|
| The stone statue of Emon Saburo,
who made 21 rounds of Shikoku
searching for Kobo-Daishi.
He is considered to be the first
to have made the Shikoku
|The stone statue of Kukai,
who is the founder of the Shingon
sect of Japanese Buddhism.
Matsuyama Castle, which the three-storied donjon and a subsidiary donjon
fortified with several turrets and gates form a typical fort castle of the 17th century.
The original buildings are gone some except for Inui-mon Gate,
some walls and ramparts.
The main donjon houses a large collection of words, armor, documents,
works of art and calligraphy, and mementoes mainly of t he lords of the castle.
|The main donjon.|
|One of the turrets.|
| The main gate
(the national treasure)
Bansuisou Villa is sited on the side of the mountain Shiro-yama, a short distance
from the busy heart of the city of Matsuyama.
The building was originally constructed in 1922 as a villa by Sadakoto Hisamatsu,
the son of the lord of the Matsuyama clan that governed this region
until about 130 years ago.
Sadakoto Hisamatsu lived in France for many years as a military attache,
and the building is constructed in a purely French architectural style.
Opened in 1979 as an art museum, it displays mainly works by artists from Aichi Prefecture.
That’s where a big city Nagoya lies.
The exhibition room on the second floor features a permanent exhibit of work
by Heihachiro Fukuda, regarded as a master of modern Nihonga or Japanese painting