Large camphor tree in Kawago
- Large camphor tree in Kawago
- Takeo city, Saga prefecture
- The Giant Camphor of Kawago, located in Wakaki town, Takeo city is the 5th biggest tree in Japan according to a national survey on giant trees and woods and is designated as a natural monument of Japan. This tree is 25 meters high, has a root circumference of 33 meters, a 27 meter branch span both from east to west and south to north, and is said to be over 3000 years old. Its branches are covered in ferns, grasses and moss, giving it a dignified appearance.
There is a hollow in the southwest section of the trunk where an inari stone shrine has been enshrined. Legend claims that, during the Nara Period, a noted Buddhist priest by the name of Gyoki, carved a 2.4 meter tall Goddess of Mercy image in one section of the tree. The tree is now surrounded by a park and there is a waterwheel hall and a Tametomo hall where a karakuri puppet show is performed which tells the local legend of a giant serpent. The affiliated shop sells waterwheel rice, made with the power of a waterwheel, and local Takeo specialties. Takeo city also has Japan's 7th largest tree, The Giant Camphor of Takeo, which is located at Takeo Shrine, and the prefecture's 3rd largest tree, the Giant Camphor of Tsukazaki. Why not check them all out and compare sizes?!
- Date of photo shooting
- January 2006
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