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Wonders of springs and ground water

Lifestyle-supporting Groundwater
The abundant, high-quality groundwater from Mt. Fuji has long been used for agriculture and to support the lifestyles of the people living near the foot of the mountain and has recently even been playing a role in the development of paper, chemical and electronic industries.
The groundwater from Mt. Fuji can be found in abundance, at a constant temperature and with relatively few dissolved elements making it suitable for drinking water and industrial water, and is even used to the west of the mountain for the cultivation of trout fish.
Source of Spring Water
Approximately 2.2 billion tons of rain/snow falls on Mt. Fuji each year. Accounting for evaporation, this equates to an average of approximately 5.3 million tons of water being stored as groundwater each day.
Water that has seeped into the ground passes through the gaps of the many layers of lava around the foot of Mt. Fuji and after a long period of time springs through the ground surface and in wells as purified water ready to hydrate our lifestyles. Representative examples include Wakutama Pond in Fujinomiya City, Shiraito Falls, KOHAMA pond from the Mishima springs and Kakita River.
Wakutama Pond
Wakutama Pond
Wakutama Pond
Within the grounds of the Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine in Fujinomiya City is Wakutama Pond, where water springs from lava like a ball to fill the pond and has been designated as a natural monument.
Shiraito Falls
The Shiraito Falls, elected as one of Japan’s top 100 must-see sights, are waterfalls made of water sprung from between the gaps at the end of the Shiraito lava flow of Mt. Fuji and pour into the SHIBA River. The waterfall is 20m high and 200m wide and consists of hundreds of pores, both large and small, from which water flows like white fibers (shiraito). Its beauty has been inscribed in poetry by many poets since ancient times.

Shiraito Falls
Shiraito Falls

KOHAMA Pond
KOHAMA Pond when full of water
KOHAMA Pond when full of water
The KOHAMA Pond can be found in Rakujuen Park in front of Mishima Station and is a pond surrounded by beautiful Japanese gardens, being constantly filled with water escaping from the Mt. Fuji Mishima lava flows. Nearby are other such places like the SUISEN Park and KOMO Pond, which together are known as the Mishima Group of Springs. Unfortunately, the flow of water through the springs of Kohama Pond is decreasing each year, and the pond is beginning to show the surface of its lava bottom.
Kakita River Springs
The Kakita River receives the natural blessings from Mt. Fuji to its full content and is a river boasting the greatest volume of pure water in all of Japan, truly deserving of its place in the “Top Waters of Japan”. Groundwater from Mt. Fuji gushes through tens of holes of various sizes delivering approximately 1 million tons of water to the river each day. The clear water is an important resource providing drinking water for 350,000 residents of the neighboring regions.
Mishima Plum Flower Algae
Mishima Plum Flower Algae
Kakita River Springs
Kakita River Springs
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