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Travel to Japan: the Doge onsen and Matsuyama

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Two and a half hours away from Hiroshima you can take a ferry and navigate to Shikoku Island. Basically, the grace of going to Matsuyama resides in visiting the Doge Onsen. This famous spa founded in 1894 is one of the oldest in the country and its hot springs flow for over a thousand years. It was also one of Sôseki Natsume's favorite places, a famous novelist from the Meiji era. But without a doubt, what really made us put Matsuyama on the road, is the fact that Hayao Miyazaki was inspired by the Doge Onsen for the movie Chihiro's journey.

Shikoku Island

The fastest way to get to Matsuyama from Hiroshima is the boat. There are two types of ferry that leave the port of Hiroshima every hour: the hydrofoil, which costs ¥ 6,500 and takes 1 hour, and the normal ferry, which costs ¥ 2500 and takes almost 3 hours. Both are operated by Setonaikaikisen.

Sleep in a capsule hotel? Xavi said no.

In Matsuyama there are all kinds of accommodation from the Matsuyama Youth Hostel, which costs about ¥ 3400 per person, up to ryokan more expensive Searching the web I found the cheapest and geek option: the capsule hotel (tel: 089-945-7089). The night leaves for 2700 ¥ and normally no reservation is necessary. The trouble is that it is a bit claustrophobic and half of the team is not attracted to the idea ...

Picture of Chihiro's Journey

Do you see the resemblance?

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