We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Shirakawa, Aso-gun, Minamiaso-mura 869-1502, Kumamoto Prefecture
Name/address in local language
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 259 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 6
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Cool break from the hot weather

Visited with my young children. They enjoyed icy cold temperature water to cool off from hot weather. I bought a plastic bottle and took spring water to home. Would love to visit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 July 2016
kmld619
,
Raleigh, North Carolina
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

259 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 14: English reviews
Raleigh, North Carolina
Level Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Visited with my young children. They enjoyed icy cold temperature water to cool off from hot weather. I bought a plastic bottle and took spring water to home. Would love to visit again.

Helpful?
1 Thank kmld619
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Level Contributor
100 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Just good to bring kids to see how a source of spring looks. We drank some of the water there and it's really refreshing. However I don't think it's worth making an effort purposely to go visit the spring.

Helpful?
1 Thank ZarasMama
Level Contributor
31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

The water bubbles up from underground in a most impressive way. A still photograph cannot capture the liveliness of the place. In the autumn the surrounding trees are beautiful. There is a small shrine just beyond the spring. You can taste the clear, clean, tasteless water right at the spring. Many people bring their own bottles, or purchase bottles, to... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank SFVoyageur
singapore
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015

was expecting something spectacular because I read somewhere that it had 60 tons/ min of water. This is the Shirakawa Suigen. I would not make a special trip there but if it is on the way, drop by and bring water bottles to fill. The water tastes refreshing. We finished touring the place in 15 mins.

Helpful?
Thank mizu2000
Kobe, Japan
Level Contributor
67 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

Spring water bubbling from the earth, quite unique to see and the water is certainly clean and fresh ! Bring empty water bottles if you can to take some away, otherwise you can find some on sale at outrageous prices. Not much to do in the area, a couple of shops, some souvenirs, the ubiquitous Kumamon everywhere. If you're driving... More 

Helpful?
Thank Utantan
Taiwan
Level Contributor
32 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

The south Aso railway is independent from JR. JR pass could not use. There is 白川水源 rail station. It is beautiful. However the railway was broken. So we take the shuttle bus. The South Aso rail company charge us 450 Yen. The same as the train. I did not think it's fare. Because train had more fun than bus, right?... More 

Helpful?
Thank Frank L
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
549 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015 via mobile

We came here and it was rather empty. We enjoyed filling up water from the Spring, walking around and taking in the sight and sound. Come prepared with empty water bottles. The water is so refreshing!!!

Helpful?
Thank MrGoh
Singapore
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2014

I wouldn't make a trip to this area just to visit this place. Unless one opts for the paper-making experience (takes abt 30min) in a shop within the area, I think it only takes around 10 minutes to view this place. Although I was quite keen to taste the spring water from the 'pond', unfortunately I saw a visitor rinse... More 

Helpful?
Thank HelenSGP
New Delhi, India
Level Contributor
500 reviews
258 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

Excellent place to see the water springing up from the land. It flows like a small stream. Many tourists collect fresh water from the spring for drinking. Ultra clean environment and ultra clean water are the attractions of the site . One should see the place to.understand the spring phenomena.

Helpful?
Thank Unni2006
Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2013

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... More 

Helpful?
Thank Katy S

Travellers who viewed Shirakawa Springs also viewed

Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture
Oguni-machi, Aso-gun
 
Aso, Kumamoto Prefecture
 

Been to Shirakawa Springs? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Shirakawa Springs staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?