Japan's City of Water | Get cooled off in the "Koi Fish Town" Shimabara, Nagasaki

Japan's City of Water | Get cooled off in the
When hot and humid days continue, doesn't it make you want to go some place where you can cool down?
There has to be many people thinking something like, "I wonder if there's a hidden spot where you can enjoy a magnificent scenery while drinking something cold inside some place nice and cool". This time, I would like to introduce the magnificent scenery spot where dreams come true called the "city of water".

It really is a city of water! A town with water gushing out everywhere - Shimabara, Nagasaki

Speaking of a "city of water", Venice in Italy is famous, but did you know that there is also a "city of water" in Japan as well?
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It is located in Shimabara, Nagasaki. Shimabara has been called the "city of water" from a long time ago, and there are more than 60 places throughout the city where spring water is gushing out. These at least 60 spring water spots were selected by the Environment Agency as "Japan's 100 exquisite waters" in 1995.
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The spring water of the Shinmachi area located at the center of Shimabara is especially abundant.
The neighborhood association of the city released colorful koi (carp) fish into the 100-meter long waterway in 1978, in order to develop the town in a way by taking advantage of the clear and pretty water flowing through the waterway. After this the local neighborhood association and the city's citizens cooperated together to release more koi fish, and it became a popular spot called the "Shimabara Springs" that represents Shimabara as the "city where koi fish swim" (Shinmachi Nichome).
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As you can see in the photo, you will be deeply impressed by the elegant koi fish swimming through the clear and beautiful water on the side of the street. This wonderful sight can be seen because Shimabara has such an abundance of excellent spring water, and you can feel the coolness of the water just by looking at the photo.

The beautiful springs were just a coincidence brought by a volcanic eruption!?

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In 1792, Japan's worst volcanic disaster called the "Unzen earthquake and tsunami" where 15,000 people died occurred in Shimabara. It is said that at the time of this disaster, the springs of Shimabara were created by diastrophism that caused Mt. Unzen to erupt.

Have some tea while admiring the beautiful water and koi fishes in an old house

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Inside the "town where koi fish swim", there is a magnificent scenery spot where you can spend leisurely time while viewing the beautiful spring water. It is a old house called "Shimei-sou Spring Garden" that quietly stands in the town. After exploring and admiring the koi fish swimming in the waterway, I recommend taking a rest at the "Shimei-sou Spring Garden"!
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When you go inside, you will see an unreal sight before your eyes. The whole garden of the house is a pond of spring water, and it looks like the house is floating on water if you look down at it from a place that is a little higher up.
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All of the water in this pond where beautiful koi fish swim comfortably is spring water, and there is approximately 3,000 tons of water that springs every day. You will be able to forget about the hot summer and cool down if you have some cold tea while admiring the beautiful clear pond and colorful koi fish.
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This house was built during the Meiji period, and the spring garden was made when monks were invited from Kurume in the beginning of the Taisho period.
This wonderful garden made from the abundant water resources Shimabara was highly rated, and became one of Japan's Registered Monuments in 2008, and a Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 2014.
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There are many wonderful tourist spots in Nagasaki, but how about visiting the "city of water" in Shimabara to cool down this summer?

【Shimei-sou Spring Garden】

Address:Shinmachi Nichome, Shimabara, Nagasaki
Hours:Hours
Price:Free
Access:15 minutes by foot from Shimabara Station
For more information check the link below
http://www.city.shimabara.lg.jp/page943.html


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