Dogo Onsen Art Festival: Enjoy Unusual but Mesmerizing Works of Art

  • Matsuyama is the capital city of Ehime Prefecture on Shikoku island. It is a home to many old hot springs in Japan. One of the oldest spa resorts in the area is called “Dogo Onsen Honkan.”

    It is one of the famous spa resorts popular for emperors all throughout the country. This year marks its 120th anniversary and a festival is being held to celebrate its existence.

    What is the Dogo Onsen Art Festival?

    Dogo Onsen is designated to be an Important Cultural Property of Japan, attracting numerous visitors every year. In preparation for the Dogo Onsen Art Festival, a group of artists were given a chance to redesign the Honkan bath house as well as the interiors of hotel rooms across the town. The festival is a collaboration with an arts production company known as Spiral. The most popular work of art last year was the “fog sculpture” by Fujiko Nakaya which enveloped the watchers below. For a brief moment, the environment around the old bathhouse disappears into the asynchronous fog and Dogo is lost in time. It showed and expressed the unseen environment around the onsen. This year, they are collaborating with Mika Ninagawa from the 1st of May, 2015 to the 29th of February, 2016.

    The Different Areas

    At the main entrance of the shopping district, Ninagawa’s flower pictures will be welcoming you. Once you head to the Dogo Onsen Honkan. You will be taken with the colorful windows inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away.

    Camellia is a beautiful flower which blooms in winter and early spring. It is the symbol of Matsuyama city. The entrance of Tsubaki no Yu, which is another public bathhouse, is adorned with these art decorations.

    Dogo Prince Hotel is one the famous luxury hotels in the area. One of its rooms is transformed into Ninagawa’s glamorous camellia works of art.

    There are many more places in the city adorned by these colorful flowers! Catch up the festival till the end of February 29, 2016 at the Dogo Onsen Honkan and other specific facilities in the area.

    Dogo Art 2015*Japanese Only

    Dogo Onsen Honkan*Japanese Only