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  • Hakoshima Fresh Water Spring
    Travel / Tourism
    Gunma Pref. Agatsumagunhigashiagatsumamachi Hakoshima
    Selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Springs, the Hakoshima Spring flows through Higashi-Agatsuma Town, Agatsuma County, in Gunma Prefecture. This spring, gushing around the roots of an approximately 400-year-old cedar tree, preserved next to the Hakoshima Fudoson deity, spurts approximately 30,000 tons of spring water per day. The waters are used within the town for drinking, agriculture, and fish farming. The water is so pure that one can enjoy watching the fireflies from June to July on the banks lower stream, Narusawa River.
  • Shikoma Fudo Miracle Water
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Futtsushi Shikoma 90-1
    Located along Prefectural Route 182, nicknamed the “Momiji Road.” Here you can collect water springing from a crack in a boulder associated with the Buddhist deity Fudo Myo-o in a cliff along the Shikoma River, whose source waters are believed to lie in the Himuro Mountains. The waters are said to make tea and rice even more delicious when used to prepare them. The site has a parking area and bathrooms, making it perfect for stopping by along the way to another destination in the area.
  • Hirosegawa River
    Travel / Tourism
    Miyagi ken Sendai-shi Aoba-ku
    The Hirosegawa River flows through Sendai City. It is a tributary of the Natori River and has a water vein near the Sekiyama Pass in the Ou Mountain Range. It featured in the 1978 hit single Aobajo Koi Uta and is known as a symbol of Sendai City. To protect the river's natural environment, every spring there's a cleaning event along the river called the 10,000 Member Hirosegawa River Project. The river is decorated with legions of carp streamers for the Golden Week Holiday, and their Hirose River at Play event is held annually, with various activities such as boat rides and bottle rocket launching.
  • Ryugakubo
    Travel / Tourism
    Nigata Pref. Nakauonumaguntsunanmachi Yachi
    Ryugakubo spring, located in Yachi, Tsunan-machi, gushes forth from the Tsunan valley and has been selected as one of Japan's top 100 springs. The spring comes up from the Naeba volcanic layer at the rate of 30tons per minute. This incredible rate of turnover means that the water never muddies or clouds and the spring has become an intrinsic part of everyday life as a source of water for local residents. The Japanese beech trees and Mongolian oaks that surround the spring give it a mystical quality and there are many legends of dragons associated with the pond. The pond is an easy one-minute walk from the parking lot but as you continue around to the rear you'll find the Ryugakubo-jinja Shrine. The shrine draws lots of visitors and there you can ladle some of the spring water for yourself.
  • Sogisui
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    Gifu Pref. Gujoushi Hachimanchouhonmachi
    A spring also known as the Hakuunsui located in Gujo-Hachiman, an area famous for its abundance of clean water, a 10 minute drive from the Gujo-Hachiman Interchange. This famous spring was selected as number one on a list of Japan’s most renowned springs. The pure waters which well up from the source spring here have been used by local residents for daily life needs since ancient times. In 1471, renga poem master Sogi Iio exchanged poems here with To Tuneyori—lord of Gujo Domain, Mino Province and Sogi’s teacher in poetry—when the former was making his way back to Kyoto. This event led to the spring coming to be called the “Sogisui” (“Sogi Water”) and has also resulted in rich cultural activities such as the Sogisui Jinsai festival held each year on August 20.
  • Takaya Inari-jinja Shrine (Well at Takaya Inari-jinja Shrine)
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Takayachou 3
    A Shinto shrine located in a shopping arcade area not far from the JR Ogaki Station’s south entrance rotary. A well is located at the shrine which was built to replace a turtle pond which once stood in front of Ogaki Station. Ogaki City is well-known for the abundance of clean water which wells up from under the ground in the area. As one would expect, the waters of the well here are also extremely clear and clean, and the well has even been selected as one of Ogaki’s 20 best water-related sites by the city. In part because the well was built through donations by local residents, the well is extremely well-maintained. There are also many trees and green plants growing around the well, making it a great place to stop, take a break, and cool off in the middle of a hot summer day.
  • Kagano Hachiman-jinja Shrine Well
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Ogakishi Kagano 1
    A scenic well located a five minute walk from the Kaganoguchi bus stop on the Kintetsu Bus from JR Ogaki Station. One of the most celebrated natural spring wells of the many found in Ogaki, a place which has been known for its abundance of water since ancient times, this popular well was also selected as one of the 100 most beautiful springs in the Heisei period. The current well was dug in 1988. On weekends, the area bustles with people come to enjoy the burbling well’s beauty and partake in some its delicious waters. In 1991, a garden pond fed by the well and a children’s park were erected around the well; sticklebacks (Hariyo), a rare variety of fish which can only live in pure waters, swim in the pond.
  • Kakita River Spring
    Travel / Tourism
    Shizuoka Pref. Suntougunshimizuchou Fushimi
    "This river of the Kano River system is located in Shimizucho Town, Sunto County, Shizuoka Prefecture. Famous as one of ""Japan's Top Three Clear Currents"", it has been selected as one of ""Japan's Top 100 FamousWaters."" Also, it's adjacent to ""Kakita River Park"", and you can stroll along the water edge. You can take home the spring water from the park, and many tourists use that as their souvenir."
  • Shiogama no Reisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama prefecture Maniwa shimotsuta
    This water springs from the valley of Mt. Nakahiruzen from among the three peaks of Hiruzen (Mt. Kamihiruzen, Mt. Nakahiruzen, Mt. Shimohiruzen) in Hiruzen Shimofukuda, Maniwa City. The cool 11 degree Celsius water that flows year-round formed a gourd-shaped pond that is 12 meters east to west, and it is used as water for daily living. It is also one of the 100 Best Waters of Japan.
  • Uchinuki
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Saijoushi Kambai
    Fountains, known as uchinuki which feed off of Saijo City's underground water reservoir. Good quality spring water which is exposed to pressure wells up through the iron pipes that were driven into the underground reservoir. There are said to be almost 3,000 such springs throughout the city and some 90 thousand tons rush forth on a daily basis. As the water temperature rarely changes, it is used in modern times for a variety of purposes including daily activities, farming irrigation, and manufacturing. It's also famous for its drinkability and earned first place at the 1995 All-Japan Water Tasting event. Many people visit the fountains located on the western side of the Saijo-city Sogobunkakaikan Hall, the Uchinuki park on the left bank of the Kamo River, or the Kamo-jinja Shrine to try the famous water for themselves.
  • Oike Pond
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Yufushi Shounaichouasono
    A group of springs located in Asono, Shonai-cho, Yufu City. The area is situated at the foot of Mt. Kurodake in the Kuju Mountain Range. Bosting an abundant flow of high quality water, the springs have been used for irrigation and daily life purposes by local residents since ancient times. Even today, many people come here to collect water. The springs have also been selected for inclusion in a list of Japan's 100 most famous springs.
  • Colonade Drink Spring
    Travel / Tourism
    Oita Pref. Taketashi Naoirimachinagayu
    This drinking fountain fed by a carbonated spring is located along the Bungo Highway in Nagayu, Naoirimachi, Taketa City. Visitors can drink Nagayu Onsen's famous carbonated spring water, said to be good for the digestive system, free of charge. The fountain was built as part of an international exchange with Germany, which has a culture of drinking spring water.
  • Enmeisui
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Hokuto Kobuchisawacho
  • Otaki Spring
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamanashi Hokuto Kobuchisawacho Kamisasao 2734-2
  • Otonomizu Spring
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yamamoto-gun Happocho

    Not a great place for food. We tried the ramen and it was pretty salty with not much character! The place is also quite run down.

  • Rokugo Yusui-gun (Spring waters of Rokugo)
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Senboku-gun Misato Cho Rokugo
  • Chatate no Shimizu
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Senboku-shi
  • Chikara-mizu
    Travel / Tourism
    Akita Yuzawa-shi Furudate Yama
  • Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Spring Water
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Higashi-kawacho Nokanan
  • Yomogi Fudonoenmeisui
    Travel / Tourism
    Chiba Pref. Kamogawashi Yomogi

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