Japanese water is an essential ingredient in Japanese food and sake.
Among them, let us introduce ten famous water sources known for their exquisite taste
- 1 Ikeyama Fountainhead (Kumamoto)
- 2 Kyogoku Fresh Water Spring (Hokkaido)
- 3 Matsumoto Castletown Spring (Nagano)
- 4 Shirakawa Water Source (Kumamoto)
- 5 Spring Water of Yotei (Hokkaido)
- 6 Sanbu-ichi Spring (Yamanashi)
- 7 Waki Tamakichi (Shizuoka)
- 8 Shimabara Spring (Nagasaki)
- 9 Oshio Natural Carbonated Water
- 10 Niseko Kanrosui (Hokkaido)
Ikeyama Fountainhead (Kumamoto)
Ikeyama water source located in the Aso Ubuyama village is in the southern prefecture of Kumamoto. The Ikeyama fountainhead, bred by Japanese cedar trees and greens that are over 200 years old, stores as much as 30 tons of spring water. It is a safe and healthy water that has been chosen by the Environment Agency as part of the 100 exquisite and well-maintained waters in Japan. It has a soft texture that makes you feel the natural of Japan.
Kyogoku Fresh Water Spring (Hokkaido)
Hokkaido, known for its piling fine snow is a popular tourist area in Japan. What has gained much attention these days in Hokkaido is the Kyogoku fresh water. The water of melted snow over flows through the ground from the 1898 meters elevation of Mount Yotei. The highly transparent water with a refreshing taste is quite appealing to the tongue.
Matsumoto Castletown Spring (Nagano)
Matsumoto Castletown springs is considered as a treasure of groundwater spreading all around Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture. This water has been used as a source of water for local residents for a long time, and old wells and places that draw water are scattered around the city. It is also used in Shinshu soba, a famous dish from Nagano, using the highly pure water that does not have a strong taste or smell.
Shirakawa Water Source (Kumamoto)
The Shirakawa water source brought up by the Aso mountain caldera is the famous water that is said to have been handed down as the water of God. There is a shrine called Shirakawa Yoshimi Shrine near the water source, and it is said that water which springs up around the area has the effect of longevity. The water filtered underground for over 50 years has a high degree of transparency. It will surely provide you with health benefits.
Spring Water of Yotei (Hokkaido)
Like the spring water of the Kyogoku, the spring water of Yotei is a natural melting snow water that flows down from Mt. Yotei also known as the Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido. It is used for Japanese food such as sushi and sashimi. Its elegant and refreshing taste is also gaining more popularity these days. Because it has no distinct taste, it goes well with coffee, tea, and even whiskey.
Sanbu-ichi Spring (Yamanashi)
The Sanbu-ichi Spring was born from the wisdom of a famous samurai Takeda Shingen in the civil war era. In this area, long ago, there was the three-way struggle over the water used for agriculture. Shingen had carried out construction at the exit of the spring water so that spring water is evenly distributed to the three villages. The water produced by Shingen is still loved by locals and it is used for soba buckwheat cuisine which is said can only be made delicious if it uses delicious water particularly the Sanbu-ichi spring.
Waki Tamakichi (Shizuoka)
Waki Tamakichi is a spring water that is made from snow piled on Mt. Fuji, the most famous mountain on Japan. It is managed within the premises of Asama Shrine and is also believed to be the water of God. Mountain climbers climbing Mt. Fuji drink may also drink this water to cleanse their bodies, and it may also be a good effect for the spirit. Also, Asaka Pond is so clear that you can see the fish living at the bottom of the pond. The water can be delicious even as it is, but if you use it for coffee or tea, you will be able to enjoy a variety of taste.
Shimabara Spring (Nagasaki)
The Shimabara spring is spring water that has been drunk regularly by people living in the city of Shimabara for a long time, and its history goes back about 200 years. Due to crustal deformation caused by eruption, it became a place with abundance in water and has been called the water capital. In addition to the purity of the water, the cityscape and the landscape are also protected. In the vicinity of the spring water, there are samurai houses made in the Edo period and waterways where Japanese Koi swim, allowing for a very Japanese scenery to spread around the area. Please try and experience the famous water of the Shimabara spring while feeling the beautiful Japanese scenery which is surely a once in a lifetime experience.
Oshio Natural Carbonated Water
The Oshio natural carbonated water, as the name indicates, is a body of naturally carbonated water. The raw water pumped from wells contain carbon dioxide. This very famous water is rare even in Japan, and considered as very valuable. In Japan, there are also a few other naturally carbonated water, but among those, this one is famous for having very little strong taste making it easy to drink.
Niseko Kanrosui (Hokkaido)
Niseko Kanrosui is spring water that resides in the Niseko district where the ultimate powdered snow falls. The name “Kanrosui” has the meaning of “sweet and tasty”, but the Niseko Kanrosui water does not have any sugar. Long ago, the Japanese royal family, impressed by the taste of the water called it “Kanrou” or “very sweet” to mean that it tasted very well, and this is how the name of the drinking water was born. As something that was also highly valued by the emperor, the water has a mellow taste that goes down very well.