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  • Yoshimine-dera Temple Yuryu-no-matsu (Gliding Dragon Pine Tree)
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Nishikyou-ku Oharanoshiochou 1372
    Designated as a national Natural Monument, the name comes from the fact that the trunk of the Japanese white pine on the grounds of the temple spreads left and right and looks like a dragon. While only two-three meters high, the approx. 600 year-old magnificent pine tree is over 37 meters wide. It was named Yuryu in 1857 by the former Minister of the Right, Kazan Ieatsu.
  • Omine Kogen7-Colored Giant Maple
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    Ohine Plateau, Ikeda-cho, Kitaazumi-gun, Nagano Prefecture
    Reaching for the sky in the Omine Highlands are these large maple trees of around 250 years old. The area became known as the “7-Colored Giant Maple” due to the way in which the colors of the trees changed through seven different hues over a month or so starting from the beginning of October each year. The place is the setting for the TV drama series, Ohisama, and attracts many visitors.
  • Kiyomori Camphor Tree
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    Mie Pref. Iseshi Toyokawachou 279 within the territory
    A camphor tree that stands along the road approaching Outer Ise Shrine. It is said the tree is over 900 years old. Legends states that when Taira no Kiyomori visited Outer Ise Shrine as an imperial envoy, a branch from the tree brushed against his ceremonial hat. An angry Kiyomori cut off the branch giving the tree its name. In present time the tree has forked into two trunks.
  • Jubei Cedar
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    Nara Pref. Narashi Yagyushimochou
    This 350 year-old cedar in Yagyushimocho, Nara City is said to have been planted by the famous swordsman Yagyu Jubei (Mitsuyoshi) before leaving on a journey across Japan. Despite being killed by two lightning strikes in 1973, the tree still remains standing.
  • Yugyo willow
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    Tochigi Pref. Nasugunnasumachi Ashino
    A huge willow tree standing amidst a tranquil, rural landscape. The renowned poet Saigyo spied willow while on a journey and wrote a haiku about standing in its shade on the side of the road amidst the pure waters flowing through the surrounding rice paddies. Later, the playwright Kanze Nobumitsu wrote a play based on this poem, making the willow famous. The famed poet Basho also wrote about this willow in his “Narrow Road to the Interior,” described its moving beauty. Monuments inscribed with poems by Saigyo, Basho, and Buson have been placed next to the tree.
  • Garyuzakura
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    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Ichinomiyamachi 275-1 In Wolong Park
    A famous lonesome cherry tree located in Takayama City. Records show this tree was growing here 1,100 years ago. The tree’s name means “Reclining Dragon Cherry” and alludes to the tree’s low hung branches which again take root in the ground, giving it the appearance of a dragon lying down. The surrounding area was once the grounds of the Daito-ji Temple but was turned into Garyu Park in 1989. A cherry blossom festival is held here each year in mid-April. In 1973, the tree was designated a National Natural Monument.
  • Ohatsuki-icho Ginkgo Trees of Reizanji Temple
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    Mie Pref. Igashi Shimotsuge 3252
    On Mt. Reizan in the northern end of the Nunobiki mountain range and Reizanji Temple within it, there is a variety of ginkgo tree called ohatsuki-icho. Characterized by the fact that its seeds grow on the leaves, the trees there are bigger than others of the same species and plentiful. It was designated a Prefectural Natural Monument in March 1996. When the autumn leaves are at their peak, the trees are very beautiful and colorful. In addition, Reizanji Temple is also the starting point of the climbing path for Mt. Reizan. There are colonies of asebi (Dwarf Lily-of-the-Valley) and Japanese holly at the summit, and easy to stop by when on a hike. Reizanji Temple's sekibutsugun (group of stone Buddhas) has been designated a cultural property by the city, and is a very attractive photography spot.
  • Hagoromo no Matsu Pinetree
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    Shizuoka Pref. Shizuokashi Shimizu-ku Miho
    This pine in Shimizu Ward, Shizuoka City serves as the vessel for the deities enshrined at Miho-jinja Shrine. Legend has it that this was the very tree that the celestial maiden in the Japanese legend of Hagoromo hung her feather robe. However, this is actually the third tree to go by this name. It took over for the rapidly withering second tree in 2010. The tree's location is connected to Miho-jinja Shrine by a 500 meter-long approach lined with pine trees known as the Kami no Michi (god's path).
  • Japanese Sea Fig Tree
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    Ehime Pref. Nishiuwagunikatachou Misaki
    This giant tree is growing near Misaki Port. The tree is 18-meters tall and 14-meters around and is estimated to be 600 years old. A key trait is its countless aerial roots. These, somewhat resembling octopus tentacles, has led to the tree sometimes being called the Octopus Tree. Being the northernmost example of the subtropical Moraceae plant family it was designated as Shikoku's first natural monument. With its overwhelming size and thick powerful roots entangled with a stone wall you can feel the power of nature. This famous tree has also appeared in television commercials.
  • Sugi-no-Osugi Japanese Cedar
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    Kouchi Pref. Nagaokagunotoyochou Sugi 794
    This large cedar tree, a Special Natural Monument of Japan, is located on the grounds of Yasaka Shrine in Sugi, Otoyo Town, Nagaoka County. Some 60 meters tall, the tree is actually comprised of two separate trees referred to as Minami Osugi (''south large cedar'') and Kita Osugi (''north large cedar'') respectively. It is also known as the Meoto Sugi (''married cedar'') and the Shusse Sugi (''success cedar''). Legend has it that the tree, estimated to be around 3,000 years old, was planted by the Shinto deity Susanoo-no-Mikoto. Many people visit to pray for better fortune or for luck in marriage.
  • Shichifukutokuju board
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    Miyazaki Pref. Nishiusukiguntakachihochou Mitai 667 Arachidate Shrine grounds
    "A wooden board located on the grounds of Aratate Shrine which legend says will grant your wish if you make it with all your heart while firmly rapping the wooden boardseven times. A well-known mystical ""power spot,"" the wooden board is believed in particular to aid in the improvement of performing arts abilities and in finding luck in love and marriage. There are several other wooden boards hanging nearby, and visitors can walk the grounds while rapping them and making wishes."
  • Kasatori Pass Pine Trees
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    Nagano Pref. Kitasakuguntateshinamachi Ashida
    Kasatori Avenue of Pines is about a 30-minute drive from the Saku Interchange or 60 minutes from the Suwa Interchange, running from about 1 kilometer west of the old Ashidajuku post station on the Nakayama Road (one of the five great roads of the Edo period) to Kasatori Pass. The Avenue of Pines is about 2 kilometers long with about 60 pines. It is said that in 1602, the shogunate distributed 753 pine seedlings to the Komoro clan and that they were planted in the surrounding villages. The pines are anywhere from 150 to more than 300 years old, and even now, one can appreciate that classic scenery. The Avenue of Pines has been designated a Prefectural Natural Monument, and it is being protected and enhanced as part of Matsu Namiki Park.
  • Gongen no Ooicho
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    Akita Prefecture Yamamoto-gun Fujisatomachi Tanaka 15
    This gingko tree, which is also known as the Tanaka-no-Oicho, is located in Tanaka, Fujikoto, Fujisato Town, Yamamoto County. The large tree, which is 25-meter-tall and has a circumference of 8.5 meters, is the sacred tree of the adjacent Tanaka Shrine. Legend has it that when the Buddhist monk Kukai visited the area, he stuck the chopsticks he used to eat his lunch in the ground they grew into the ginkgo tree. It has been designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument.
  • Twin Giant Zelkovas of Negoya Shrine
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Sutamachouegusa 5002
    These two large Japanese Zelkova trees are located on the grounds of Negoya Shrine in Negoya, Egusa, Sudama-cho, Hokuto City. Long the subject of religious devotion, the 800-year-old trees have even been used to predict annual harvests. The trees have also been designated as a National Natural Monument.
  • Shoji no Osugi
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    Yamanashi Minamitsuru-gun Fujikawaguchikomachi Shojiko
  • Aizen Katsura
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    Nagano Ueda-shi
    "A large katsura tree designated a Natural Monument by Nagano Prefecture located on the grounds of the Kitamuki Kannon Temple in Bessho Onsen. The sacred 1,200 year old tree is said to have been inhabited by Kannon, who emerged suddenly from a fire pit at the Joraku-ji Temple. The tree's name is derived from the Aizendo hall on the opposite side of the road, and from Matsutaro Kawaguchi's novel ""Aizen Katsura,"" which won the first Naoki Prize. Because of its association with the novel, in recent years it has come to be seen as a symbol of luck in love and is visited by large numbers of tourists each year."
  • tennenkinembutu sugisawanosawa Sugi
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    Toyama Pref. Shimonikawagunnyuzenmachi Yoshiwara 950
  • namakinomikado
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    Ehime Pref. Imabarishi Omishimachoumiyaura
  • Ogonmiru
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    Hokkaido Ashibetsushi Koganechou 764
  • Sembon Nara
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    Hokkaido Ishikarishi Hamamasu-ku Okurige

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