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Shirakawa Fountainhead

One of the famous fresh water springs of Japan

Ekaterina Bespyatova   2018/04/16によって

The first steps to Shirakawa Suigen, or the fountainhead of the Shira River, start in an uninspiring parking lot in equally uninspiring surroundings. But after you walk under the stone torii gate you soon find yourself in the middle of a forest with birds chirping and quick stream running alongside the path.

A short walk takes you to the source of the stream, the Shirakawa fountainhead. Here, the surprising amount of water (60 tons per minute, they say) gushes out of the ground forming a pond. The pond becomes a creek, the creek later becomes the Shirakawa that runs through central Kumamoto City.

There’s an area where you can fill up your bottles, a souvenir shop and also a shrine nearby, called Shirakawa Yoshimi.

The visit to Shirakawa Suigen probably won’t take more than 30 minutes, but it makes for a nice quick stop in the Minami Aso area. This time I drove, but it’s easily accessible by public transit.

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A short walk from Minamiaso Shirakawasuigen Station on the Takamori railway line. 

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Ekaterina Bespyatova

Ekaterina Bespyatova @Ekaterina Bespyatova

My name is Ekaterina and I enjoy looking at the world through my camera’s viewfinder. I travel a lot and capture what I find beautiful – in nature, culture, people. Japan is a place I have a special connection with – I’ve spent 7 years living in Tokyo and I’ve travelled across the country extensively, often to remote and less known locations. I have a large collection of photos from years of my Japan travels that I hope to eventually put online. And that collection constantly grows, because I always go back – there’s so much yet to discover. ​Check out my travel blog Amenohi Travels to see more. ​*** ​Здравствуйте, меня зовут Екатерина, и я люблю смотреть на мир через объектив фотоаппарата. Я много путешествую и снимаю то, что мне кажется красивым - природу, людей, созданное людьми. ​С Японией у меня давняя и глубокая связь. Я прожила 7 лет в Токио, объездила всю страну из конца в конец и регулярно возвращаюсь за новыми впечатлениями. За годы путешествий по Японии у меня скопилась большая коллекция фотографий, которые я планирую постепенно сделать доступными онлайн. Своими впечатлениями от поездок я делюсь здесь - а также на страницах своего сайта Amenohi Travels.