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Matsumoto Castletown Springs

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Makes me want to drink water!

I am not a big water drinker but these fountains make me want to drink some fresh mountain water... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Inés Y
Nagano Prefecture, Japan
Clean cold mountain water bubbling up in Matsumoto.

With the mountains covered in snow, and ringing Matsumoto springs abound. Learn the etiquet from a... read more

Reviewed 21 April 2016
Matt R
Culpeper, Virginia
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21 Jun 2017
“Makes me want to drink water!”
21 Apr 2016
“Clean cold mountain water bubbling up in Matsumoto.”
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Reviewed 22 June 2017

I am not a big water drinker but these fountains make me want to drink some fresh mountain water. Free and refreshing, what more could I ask for? :)

Thank Inés Y
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...More

Thank Matt R
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
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...More

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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...More

Thank Ulibo0
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...More

Thank Brandylady
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
Reviewed 29 October 2015

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

Thank Karen M
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
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...More

Thank Christine T
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