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The Dogo hot spring is the oldest hot spring in Japan and has a history of 3000 years. Opposite the entrace of the hot spring is the Dogo shopping arcade. There are a variety of shops selling souvenirs, food and drinks etc ... If you...More
Set amongst several small shopping arcades you can be forgiven if you miss this ancient site. The current building is over 100 years old with special entrance for the emperor but the story goes back several millennia
Although I believe the site of this onsen is very old, possibly 3000 years, the present building is late 19th century. It has the feel of the 19th century with solid wooden panels giving a rather cosy, old-fashioned feel. Not surprisingly, the atmosphere is very...More
As our hotel stay included a limited visit to Dogo Onsen, we went in briefly to experience and try out the onsen facility, which was just ordinary as we didn't take the tour.
Be prepared to bring along your own amenities as it was a...More
This is a small covered shopping street leading to the Dogo Onsen. Starts from the tram.
Unique shops include
1. Shop selling only mikan products. The whole store is decorated with oranges.
2. Locally made Ibaraki towels
3. Shop selling intricate wooden carvings of animals...More
I enjoyed my casual and relaxing walk after having an onsen. Other visitors can buy souvenirs.
(It was indeed a brief shopping street just outside the onsen. Honestly, without the onsen, it was not at all noteworthy. But, one could always just enjoyed a brief...More
We had been to onsens before but still found this one, with its elegant refinements, a bit mystifying. Once we worked out the drill we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would gladly, and less nervously, go again. Here is the drill as we understand it. We...More
The onsen experience itself is worth going, and this one is very popular. Although it was not the best onsen, crowdy and only one bath on the women section... the visit of the emperor's private onsen and the room with the Soseki pictures make this...More