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Sen Guesthouse, Matsuyama

4-14, Dogotakocho, Matsuyama city, Ehime, Matsuyama Dogo Spa, Japan 790-0841

Check out this informative, though slightly cheesy video on the pilgrimage:

More more information check out the very extensive http://www.shikokuhenrotrail.com by Dave Turkington.

NPO Shikoku Henro Pilgrim and Hospitality Network (English/ French/ Spanish)

To buy English/ Korean guide book: The True Shikoku Henro

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  • Laundry: Self-service laundry, ¥200 per wash, ¥100/30 mins for dryer -includes laundry detergent
  • Rental bicycle: ¥400 per day…great way to explore Matsuyama
  • Safe storage: free use of safe storage for valuables: all rooms have locks, dorms have lockers
  • Travel info: extensive travel info/literature and advice for Matsuyama, 88 temple pilgrimage and Shikoku
  • Yukata service: Japanese cotton kimono style bathrobe, geta, Japanese shoes and bamboo bag. For Dogo or lounging in Sen ¥400
  • Other things for rental/sale: towels, toothbrush, razors; iron available to use-free


  • Check-in 4-10pm, if you wish to check in later than 10pm, let us know
  • You may come before check-in to leave your bags, but if you wish to come between the hours of 12pm-4pm, please let us know in advance, and we will tell you how to enter the building to leave your luggage.
  • Check-out ~11am, you may use our luggage room the day you check out
  • Smoking: No smoking in building (there are smoking areas on the roof and in front of the building.
  • Children: 1 child under 6 is free (no extra futon).
  • Children 6-12 are ¥1500 (extra futon) in twin/double private room. If you have more than 1 child in a private room, please contact us for price and availability.
  • Under 13 years old child can’t stay in dormitories.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellation of your reservation is permitted up to 2 days (48 hours) before your arrival date without any charge
  • If you wish to cancel 1-2 days (24-48 hours) before your arrival, we will charge you 50% of 1 nights stay
  • If you wish to cancel less than 1 day (- 24 hours) before your arrival, we will charge you 1 nights stay
  • If you are a “no-show”, we will charge you for the entire reserved stay
  • Please understand, the dormitory room types (western/Japanese) may, on rare occasion, be switched.
  • Parking: very limited parking available (3 spots), reservation required. Saturdays/Holiday seasons ¥400 per car, ¥200 per motorcycle.

  • CLOSED…Our new place, Sen Shodo Shima will open mid-July, please visit our Facebook page for info

  • Rooms

    available throughout guesthouse.

    Atmospheric Japanese tatami style private rooms
    Individual lights, plugs and lockers in western and tatami dorm rooms…


    Female Dorm



    ¥2800per night
    • Individual Lockers
    • Individual Lights
    • Power Outlets
    • Privacy Partitions
    • Heating/AC
    • Vanity Sink Console

    ¥2800per night
    • Individual Lockers
    • Individual Lights
    • Power Outlets
    • Privacy Partitions
    • Heating/AC
    • Vanity Sink Console

    singleper personper night
    twinper personper night
    tripleper personper night

  • Facilities

    Tons of common space, have a relaxing cup of tea on our raised tatami space.

    Perfect place to catch the sunset over Matsuyama castle, complete with hammocks and swing!

    Unwind at the end of the day with a glass of wine or beer.
    Or try a local cocktail such as Fig Shu or and Ehime Screwdriver.

    Spacious, atmospheric shower facilities.


    • Showers are available except between 11:00 -16:00
    • Body soap, shampoo & conditioner is included
    • Hair dryer
    • Showers are on our basement floor


    Professional kitchen, fully equipped with oil and spices, free coffee and tea too!

  • 88 Temples

    On the 88 temple pilgrimage, experience a bit of this 1000 year old trek through ancient and modern Japan…more info

  • Dogo Onsen

    Located 5 mins from Japan’s oldest, and most traditional, onsen.
    We offer rental yukata and advice for novices and experts alike!more info

  • Sights

    Original castle, tons of onsens, hiking, islands, museums and day trips are only the beginning…


    Things to do

    Matsuyama Day Trips

    88 Temple Pilgrimage Hike

    Walk in the footsteps of Buddhist saint Kobo Daishi and experience Shikoku’s 88 temples through ancient and modern Japan.


    25 minutes south of Matsuyama lie two of Shikoku’s hidden treasures. Kabuki theatre, historical districts, castle and one of Japan’s most beautiful residences.

    Shimanami Kaido bridges bike trip

    One of the best bike rides in the world. 7 different suspensions bridges linking Shikoku to Honshu traversing 6 culturally dense seto islands.

    Kashima Island

    Clear turquoise water, fine beaches, strange rock formations; this “jurassic park” island, located 20 minutes north of Matsuyama, also has friendly deer roaming around!

    Mt. Ichizuchi hike

    Highest mountain in western Japan, this sacred mountain is a beautiful, if challenging, hike in any season.

    Plus…Imabari is also nice!

    Things to do in Matsuyama

    Matsuyama Onsens

    Japan’s oldest Onsen village is so much more than just Dogo. Foot baths, luxury spas and “jungle” themed onsens are all part of the package.

    Matsuyama Castle

    Original hill top castle, amazing views over the city/Seto inland sea. Castle park includes historical samurai quarter/park and prefectural art museum.

    Ishiteji – Isaniwa Shrine – Dogo Park Hike

    Short hike taking in part of the 88 temple pilgrimage, 700 year old Shinto shrine and castle ruins/samurai villiage reconstruction.

    Bansuiso/Saka no ue no kumo

    Tadao Ando’s Japanese-Russian war museum, 120 year old French building, haiku, indigo dyeing and modern art are all part of Matsuyama’s art/museum scene.

    Tobe Town

    Shikoku’s traditional ceramic making area, with over 80 traditional kilns and museum. Also has a great zoo and children’s castle park.

    Also…Ride Botchan train!

  • Access

    Located a short tram ride from JR Matsuyama,
    7 min walk from Dogo Onsen station.

Closed- opening Sen Shodo Shima July 15th, 2018

After being open 6 1/2 years, we have closed Sen Guesthouse Matsuyama and are in the process of opening our new guesthouse/retreat on Shodo Shima.  Shodo Shima has a wealth of cultural, historical and natural based attractions, it is also home to the most olive tress in Japan and is a traditional manufacturing center for soy sauce, tsukudani and sesame oil.  Our new property is a mix of Japanese style rooms in a comfortable, spacious “retreat” setting.  BBQ area, brick pizza oven, expansive balcony overlooking the Seto inland sea and our own private beach are all part of the package.  We plan to serve breakfast: homemade bread, jam, yogurt, muesli, etc…and to have music events and food parties regularly.  We are super excited about this new chapter in our lives and hope all of you that read this will come visit- please check our Facebook page regularly for updates.

Hi, I’m Nori. I’m from the small town in Kagawa, but I lived in Osaka for more than 10 years before we moved to Matsuyama 2012. Since I went to New Zealand and worked in hostels, I’ve been thinking to have my own guesthouse such as everyone feel “their own home”, so I worked in a guesthouse in Osaka for 4 years. I walked the 88 temple pilgrimage because I wanted to know about my hometown Shikoku more. Every time when I walked as “Ohenro-san(people is called like it when they walk the 88 temple pilgrimage)”, always I was surprised and impressed that such a great culture has been kept, not only temples but also people’s thought.
My name is Matthew and I’m an American from the southern border of Texas and Mexico. All through life I always had a passion for religion and and different cultures and when I went to university, that’s exactly what I studied. Another passion of mine is traveling and I spent a good portion of my 20′s seeing the world, teaching English, lying on beaches and trampling on ruins. Where these 2 interests combine is pilgrimage. We’ve recentely walked the Camino de Santiago (Spain), the Kumano Kodo (Wakayama) and the 88 temple pilgrimage (Shikoku) and hope our small contribution to the world will be to support and inform people who want to feel the joy and experience the challenges of pilgrimage.

  • • Private
  • • 4 Bed Dorm
  • • 6 Tatami Dorm
  • • Bar
  • • Full Kitchen
  • • Dining Room
  • • Tatami Lounge
  • • Rooftop Patio
  • • Private Ofuro
  • • Dogo Onsen
  • • 88 Pilgrimage
  • • Temples and Shrines
  • • Bamboo Forrest

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