Dogo Onsen

April 11, 2014 @ Telegraph

Japan’s oldest hot spring spa, Dogo Onsen, provided the inspiration for manga artist Hayao Miyazaki’s internationally lauded animated 2001 film Spirited Away. For the remainder of this year, a unique artistic endeavour is set to bring this isolated site back to prominence.

Located in the town of Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku, the spring is serviced by a historic spa building that this year celebrates its 120th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Dogo Onsen Art 2014 festival sees a number of prominent Japanese artists launch installations throughout the town.

The most immersive works on show are those commissioned as part of the Hotel Horizontal project. A combined total of nine hotels and ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) surrounding Dogo Onsen have been redecorated by photographers, poets and painters, and can be booked for overnight stays by guests.


Akira Minagawa’s design for Hotel Hanayuzuki Picture: Akira Minagawa/Dogo Onsenart 2014 and Hotel Horizontal


The Yayoi Kusama café in the Takaraso Hotel Picture: Yayoi Kusama, Dogo Onsenart 2014 and Hotel Horizontal

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