Matsuyama City and Dogo Hot Spring

Matsuyama City and Dogo Hot Spring

Matsuyama is the capital of Ehime Prefecture on the island of Shikoku. Its name means pine mountain.
The city was founded in December 1889. The city is known for hot springs (onsen) and is home to Dogo Onsen,
the oldest hot spring bath house in Japan. In 1994, the main building of hotspring bath of Dogo-Onsen was
was designated as one of the important cultural properties of Japan.

(L) Display of the 'Bochan train' at Dodo Onsen station (R) Driver's cage of Matsuyama tram

(L) Matsuyama tram (R) A famous 'Bochan' clock with trick

Campaign girls at Dogo Hotspring

(L) A shopping arcade of Dogo-Onsen (R) Dogo's public hotspring bath in operation since 1890

(L) A sharp stairway leads to the second floor of the Dogo's public hotspring bath building. (R) 'Bochan-no-ma', of the second floor.
It was built in a memory of a foremost novelist, Soseki Natsume (1867-1916), during the era of Meiji period (1868-1912).

The image of Soseki Natsume was used on a 1000 yen note (1984).

Many traditional souvenirs at the Dogo's shopping arcade

Funaya Ryokan

Funaya has a bright-brilliant 380-year history of hot spring Japanese-style hotel. They offer a sincere Japanese-style hospitality
to a guest. It takes 40 minutes from Matsuyama Airportby a limousine bus bound for Dogo-Onsen. From the bus terminal, it takes
three minutes on foot. Japanese Emperial family has used this ryokan when Emper or Prince attended a national event nearby.
There are eight non-smoking twin rooms on the 6th and 7th floor of the south wing. In all other 50 rooms, smoking is allowed in
the ryokan rooms. A lobby and restaurant on the second floor are smokefree. Smoking is allowed in a banquet room.

(L) The main entrance of Funaya (R) The porch of a non-smoking twin guest room

Welcome fruits and tea are served at arrival to the room.

A powder room with two sinks and a new cypress bath

An evening meal is served at a dinning room.

(L) A night view of the garden (M) Very comfortable twin beds (R) A morning view of the main building of Funaya

A breakfast and dinner are served at a dinning room.

(L) A Japanese-style breakfast (R) An exterior of Funaya Ryokan

Present Japanese Emperor and Royal family have stayed at Funaya Rykan.

(L) Funaya on a Japanese Holiday (R) A lobby side room in the style of Meiji era (R) A view of Dogo hotspring area seen from Funaya

(L) This shows a stone step to the famous shrine, named 'Isaniwa-Jinjya' at Dogo-Onsen.
(M) A shrine visitor is washing the heart in a purification font.
(R) The long-standing sacred-tree

A sanctuary of 'Isaniwa-Jinjya'

In the twentieth century, various mergers joined the castle town with neighboring Dogo, Mitsuhama,
and other townships, aided by urban sprawl, creating a seamless modern city that now ranks as
the largest in Shikoku.

(L) The central district of Matsuyama City (R) ANA hotel Matsuyama, the major hotel in Matsuyama

ANA Hotel Matsuyama has a total of 330 rooms. Fourteen rooms are designated for a company. For a general hotel guest,
non-smoking rooms are located on the 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th floor. A guest room which allowed smoking inside locates
on the 7th and 12th floor. Total number of nonsmoking rooms is 152, versus, smoking rooms 76. In the annex building,
there are 52 non-smoking and 36 smokingrooms. The overall ratio of smoking rooms to the total is 33.3% at the main building,
and 40.9% for the annex.

Shiroyama mountainous area and the Matsyyama castle on the top.
The building in the woods is Bansuiso, Earltownhouse.
This photo was taken from a guest room of ANN Hotel.

ANA Hotel changed a smoking policy. Now, all restaurants and cafes in the Hotel are smoke-free.
Smoking is allowed in bars of the Hotel.

Smoke-free Hotels in Japan
A summary of smoking-room rate studied in local hotels of Japan

Smoking Restriction at Hotels in the World: Actual Survey
The ratio of a smoking guest room to the total hotel rooms was calculated,
based on-the-spot investigation.

執筆 医学博士 宮本順伯

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The article was written in November 2012.
All photography was taken by Dr. Junhaku Miyamoto in November 2012 and September 2015.

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