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The Shiromizu District, in Minami Aso, is surrounded by Mt. Aso and the southern part of the outer rim of the caldera. Boasting 60 tons of water flowing per minute, it has been chosen as one of the ”Meisui Hyakusen” (a selection of 100 springs, rivers, etc., notable for their quality) and many people gather at the area to take some of the water, which is considered to be delicious, home. It is used as the water source for local sake and bottled mineral water, and it has proved very useful in the development of the local industries.
Shirakawa, Minamiaso-mura, Aso, Kumamoto
8:00 - 17:00 (Varies depending on the season)
Visitors may take some water back home for a 100 JPY, which is "Money for cooperation to the protection of the environment." It appears that, given how richly the spring water flows, there was some kind of belief system regarding this water from ancient times. "Mitsuhanome-shin," god of water, is enshrined in the Shirakawa Yoshimi Jinja shrine right next to the water source area.
About an 8-min. walk from "Minami Aso Shirakawa Suigen Station" on the Minami Aso Railway
1 hour via National Routes 57 / 325 from the Kumamoto IC on the Kyushu Expressway
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