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Matsumoto Castletown Springs

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Address: Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
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+81 263-32-2902

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Clean cold mountain water bubbling up in Matsumoto.

With the mountains covered in snow, and ringing Matsumoto springs abound. Learn the etiquet from a local on how to wash and then drink. I am a physician and it did not worry me... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2016
Matt R
Culpeper, Virginia

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Culpeper, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

With the mountains covered in snow, and ringing Matsumoto springs abound. Learn the etiquet from a local on how to wash and then drink. I am a physician and it did not worry me to drink from these several times with no ill side effects noted.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

Until seeing reviews, I thought these were just relics of old times left as art, then I had to go back and try some of the soft mountain water. Some streets also have water running down artistic drains.

Thank mrdom
Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

As others have noted, there are many spots around Matsumoto where natural spring water bubbles to the surface and is available to drink. You'd pay for bottles of it in the shops! Most have long wooden handled spoons to drink from. The water is cold (or it was on the day we tried it). I took photos of Genchi Well,... More 

1 Thank seagullrob
Yokohama, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2015

There are a couple of walking courses around Matsumoto City where you can drink some of Matsumoto's delicious spring water. We enjoyed drinking from about 10 or 12 different wells during our stay in Matsumoto. Fun way to get kids to read a map, almost like a treasure hunt. Many of the maps are available in English. Recommended.

Thank Ulibo0
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2015

This building doesn't really look like a castle as we know it, the only clue being the moat around it. It is a magnificent building of 6 floors and has been so well maintained as it dates back to about the 1500's. You need to remove your shoes and put them in a plastic bag to carry to protect the... More 

Thank Brandylady
Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015 via mobile

The different wells have nice designs and are scattered around the city. The most beautifull one is the Genchi well: special enough for a small detour.

Thank Leen V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015

Clear, clean & fresh drinking water. Lots of wells located around the city, with quirky pumps/tapes & information

Thank Karen M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

During Obon the shops and streets were crowded…we took advantage of the wells to wash our face, hands and cool our tired feet.

Thank Tanaka G
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

The only regret we have while in Matsumoto was we forgot to bring along our drinking bottle. The water "outlets" dotted the streets and tasted great (I don't know why but I just love the smooth feel of the water) It will be nice to bottled the water ...

Thank Christine T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014

Matsumoto is a beautiful compact city made for walking. Along the way, one can see many different kinds of flowers on the streets and different outlets for spring water. One can spot many of these outlets all over the city. Enjoyed my walk around the city.

1 Thank Kim025Singapore

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