What to Expect
Dogo Hot Spa is believed to be the oldest one in Japan, dating three thousand years. In ancient times, for example in the 6th century, this area used to be an important stopping-off place to prepare an army and navy for a military campaign to the Korean peninsula. Then there were some emperors and empfresses who visited here. And anecdotedly, Prince Shotoku, who was a very famous figure in Japan's history for establishing the first Japanese constitution, came here. Along the way, you will surely sense a good, peaceful, lively atmosphere.
Matsuyama is the home to haiku, the 31-syllable poem. Shiki Masaoka, who was born here in 1867, 150 years ago. He renovated haiku, which was on the verge of collapse in those days. He was a a man now deemed a great master of haiku. There are many haiku monuments in the city. Along the way you will many haiku monuments. And I will give you some information and you will sharpen your five senses-sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch.Most of haiku come from human's sharpened senses.
And Shikoku is famous for henro pilgrimage. In Ishiteji Temple, one of the Shikoku 88 sacred temples, you will see pilgrims praying to the Buddha. And the temple's bell will satisfy you.