JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.72


Dogo-onsen Hot Spring

Omisoka - New Year’s Eve -

Dogo-onsen Hot Spring, located in Matsuyama City in Ehime Prefecture, is considered to be Japan’s oldest known hot spring spa, with a history dating back 3,000 years. This history is said to have begun when a white heron with a wounded leg was healed by the hot spring water. Ever since, Dogo-onsen Hot Spring has appeared in various historical records since mythological times. Dogo-onsen Hot Spring has been visited by countless people including the Imperial Family as well as various politicians and writers.

Today, the Dogo-onsen Main Building (Honkan), a popular and busy public bath and notable landmark, is located in the heart of Dogo-onsen Hot Spring area. The current Main Building (Honkan) was reconstructed in 1894 and this historic structure today maintains the same look as when it was rebuilt.

GSDF Camp Matsuyama is located in Matsuyama City perched atop the Dogo Plain, which offers commanding views of the islands dotting the Seto Inland Sea and unique seasonal flair during the spring and autumn. The unit stationed here takes part in daily training exercises in preparation to protect its hometown. The unit station at GSDF Camp Matsuyama belongs to the GSDF 14th Brigade, which is located in Zentsuji City, Kagawa Prefecture, also on the island of Shikoku. The GSDF 14th Brigade has a mission to defend and protect Shikoku’s four prefectures, assist with disaster relief, and promote cooperation with civilians.

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