The Phoenix has come to Dōgo Onsen

Original animation
"Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter"
Check out the prologue and the first episode now

"Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter" - Description

The last renovation of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan was in the Meiji era, 125 years ago. This public bathhouse, which has been designated as an Important National Cultural Asset, is undergoing preservation and repair but is still open, a first for Japan. The city of Matsuyama launched the Dōgo Reborn Project to provide premium features which you can only enjoy during this time only, highlighting "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix" which is considered the lifework of Japanese manga and animation's pioneer, Osamu Tezuka. The projection mapping on the Dōgo Onsen Honkan "Dōgo Onsen + NAKED: MESSAGE - The Arrival of the Phoenix" is taking place nightly. At its center is the statue of the Phoenix which appeared around the entrance of Ni-no-Yu on the second floor of the north side of Honkan. In addition, the original animation "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix: Dōgo Onsen Chapter" has finally been released. This is an entirely new story of "Hi no Tori, the Phoenix" produced by Tezuka Productions. The prologue "Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona" is based on the legend of Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona in the mythical age. It is the legend which remains around Dōgo Onsen. The first episode "Prince Shōtoku's Visit" is derived from the legend of Prince Shōtoku's visit during the Asuka era. It boasts an all-star cast. Actor Takeshi Tsuruno plays Ōkuninushi, who is Dōgo Onsen's protective deity. Voice actress Suzuko Mimori takes a role as Sukunahikona, and voice actress Nana Mizuki plays the Phoenix. As in the original manga, the Phoenix appears from the mythical age to the Asuka era, transcending time and space, delivering eternal energy and beauty to both time periods. Sarutahiko, who was in the original manga, also appears. You can learn about history while enjoying the animation, and it will surely make you want to bathe in Dōgo Onsen.

Takeshi Tsuruno as Ōkuninushi, Suzuko Mimori as Sukunahikona
Hinata Tadokoro as Prince Shōtoku, Tetsuo Komura as Sarutahiko, Nana Mizuki as the Phoenix

Director/Storyboard artist: Fumihiro Yoshimura, Writers: Shoichiro Masumoto and Taisuke Nishimura
Character designer/Animation director: Shinji Seya, Music: Yuji Nomi
Sound production: Pony Canyon Enterprise
Animation production: Tezuka Productions
Production company; Pony Canyon, Running time: 7 minutes 46 seconds, ©Tezuka Productions / 2019 City of Matsuyama

Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona
Prince Shōtoku's Visit

Prologue "Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona" 2 minutes 34 seconds

An animation based on the legend of Dōgo Onsen's protective deities, who appear in the "Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan)" and the "Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters)."

A long time ago, there were two deities who were traveling across the lands of Japan in order to build a country. The bigger one is Ōkuninushi, and at his foot, there was Sukunahikona. Ōkuninushi looked for a hot spring to heal Sukunahikona who became ill during their journey. Then, the brightly-shining Phoenix descended from the sky. The Phoenix entrusted a mission to them...

Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona
Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona
Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona
Ōkuninushi and Sukunahikona

Episode 1 "Prince Shōtoku's Visit" 5 minutes 12 seconds

An animation based on Dōgo Onsen's legend of Prince Shōtoku who is closely associated with the name of the new imperial era, Reiwa, through the "Man'yōshū (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves)"

In Hoko 6 (A.D. 596), on the Yu-no-Oka overlooking the town of Dōgo, a man was admiring camellia flowers. He was Prince Umayado, who was later called Prince Shōtoku. Ever since he had become Empress Suiko's regent, he had been extremely busy. Completely exhausted, Prince Umayado was enjoying a short rest at Dōgo Onsen. Then, an egret-like bird came down from the sky and told the Prince a special message...

Prince Shōtoku's Visit
Prince Shōtoku's Visit
Prince Shōtoku's Visit
Prince Shōtoku's Visit

The Dōgo Onsen Honkan is currently under repairs to preserve the building. While repairs are being done, it's still open and you can enjoy 100% natural hot water of Dōgo Onsen

Dōgo Onsen, the famous hot spring with 3,000 years of history.
You can enjoy the bathing rooms which are reminiscent of Meiji 27 (A.D.1894),
when it was last renovated.
The stone bathing rooms adorned with Tobe porcelain panel paintings
and the baths with their large column-shaped water spouts called yugama are representative of the Dōgo Onsen Honkan's unique appeal.