During our stay in Matsuyama City, we enjoyed walking around the neighborhood where Dogo Onsen is located (top left). Nearby is the “Botchan Clock” (top right), a tribute to famous Japanese novelist, Natsume Sōseki, whose titular character Botchan visited the onsen and increased its popularity.
Dogo Onsen is also said to be one of the oldest onsen in Japan and among the real buildings used as inspiration for the Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away.
We also walked up to see Isaniwa Shrine, which is one of only a few shrines built in the rare hachiman-zukuri architectural style. Its beautiful vermilion colors looked stunning against the background of the clear blue sky!