The Shirakawa Spring is one of the most important water sources in this entire area, and it was so interesting to see the constant bubbles coming up from the earth - definitely another unique aspect of this volcanic region. The water stays at a constant 13-14 degrees Celsius all year, and visitors are free to drink all the water they wish (so refreshing and clear!) and even take whatever you like home, if you bring your own water bottles.
Don't miss making and decorating your own Japanese-style paper in the shop right before you go to see the water source & the shrine area, and pick it up when you leave (it takes a bit of time to dry)! Priced at 800 yen, it may seem a bit expensive but it is worth it for the experience and the beautiful, unique souvenirs - you can use between a large square shape, or a smaller size that cuts into two postcards. It was fun to learn about the process, and everyone in our group - girls AND guys in our twenties - got more into the decorating than we'd expected.
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