Stay in Matsushima city or in Dogo Onsen?
I plan to go to Matsushima and take the plane from Matsudshima airport. Would you recommand me to stay in Matsushima city or in Dogo Onsen? Which is the most convenient to go to the airport?
That question is extremely confusing.
1. Matsushima is up in the north of Japan and Matsuyama is in shikoku
2. Dogo onsen is actually in the city of Matsuyama and can be accessed by tram.
So If the question is "is it more convenient to stay at dogo onsen or at a hotel next to Matsuyama train station", then the answer is : Yes, as you would only have to take the airport bus from matsuyama station, but there is a tram line going from dogo onsen to the station, so it's really easy from both places, one only take a bit longer. However, I could not tell for any other hotel in the city, it depend if there is an easy access to the train station.
I personally stayed in a youth hostel not far from dogo onsen and it was convenient, I went to dogo onsen and to a nearby temple in the morning, got my bag from the hostel, went to the castle (coin locker for the backpack) and then back to the train station.
For reference, here is "Matsushima", in Miyagi Prefecture. It is more famous for its view and Buddhist history. It has a few onsen in hotels, yet locals prefer Akiu and Sakunami on the outskirts of the major city Sendai. They are about and hour and a half drive apart. I can recommend Matsuhima and most onsen in the Tohoku region, but at Guillaume points out, I believe you made a mistake in the city name. The only airport in Matsushima belongs to the Japanese Self Defense Force!