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About Sen Guesthouse

Sen Guesthouse, Matsuyama

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

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Please fill out this form to request a room reservation. We will get back to you as soon as possible with a confirmation of the dates you have chosen.
* Please note, submitting a reservation request does not guarantee a room *


We have very limited parking available, (3 spots) the first people to reserve a car/motorcycle space will get the spots. There is reasonable parking very near us also. When we respond to your booking request, we will let you know if we have a spot for you!

Private bath is on our basement floor, it is available from 6pm-9pm.
Please let us know 3 hours in advance either in person when you check-in or via our contact form.

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, ¥150 per wash, ¥200 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 bag, but please let us know what time, because we might be out of the building
  • 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). More than 1 child in private room, ¥1500 (extra futon)
  • Children 6-12 are ¥1500 (extra futon) in private room only *subject to availability- please enquire
  • 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.

  • At the crossroads of Dogo Onsen and the 88 temple pilgrimage on the rustic Japanese island of Shikoku…

  • Rooms

    available throughout guesthouse.

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

    ¥2700per night
    • Individual Lockers
    • Individual Lights
    • Power Outlets
    • Privacy Partitions
    • Heating/AC
    • Vanity Sink Console

    ¥2700per 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.

    Atmospheric, private Japanese bath—
    a great end to a day exploring Matsuyama…

    • Reservation required 3 hours in advance
    • April-Oct ¥500/Nov-Mar ¥700
    • Max 1 hour time limit, 6-9pm, subject to availability
    • Showers available 24 hours, free
    • Ofuro/ 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…

    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.

About Us

We are an international couple who both have a passion for Shikoku, Matsuyama and the 88 temple pilgrimage. Our goal in starting our Matsuyama hostel, Sen Guesthouse, was to expose more people, both foreign and domestic, to the stark beauty of Shikoku; via Matsuyama, via the pilgrimage. We both strongly believe in the culture of traveling in general and backpacking in particular. Our aim is to provide an upscale hostel in Matsuyama, that is a truly unique place where all types of people can gather and experience one slice of Japan. Being that Matsuyama is not on the regular tourist circuit of Japan, the people that stay here want to dig deeper into to the landscape and culture of Japan and experience something not accessible in the temples of Kyoto or the mayhem of Tokyo.

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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