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Metasequoia tree avenue (Shiga Prefecture)

500 Metasequoia trees along the 2.4 km straight road!

Sightseeing site

A part of the Koarajimakinosawa route is lined with about 500 metasequoia trees along a 2.4km-long straight road. This beautiful road is called the "Metasequoia Avenue.”
The avenue is on the way to Makino Highway, and the tree-lined street and the distant Nosaka Mountains create spectacular scenery.

As a part of a school children farming project called "Makino Soil Learning Village", the first trees were planted by the Makino Town Fruit Tree Growers Union in 1981. Union workers and other residents took care of the trees. Further planting progressed along with the prefectural road development. The current magnificent avenue was completed as the prefecture road grew longer.

Metasequoia is a deciduous tree of the cedar family Metasequoiaceae, native to China, and its Japanese name is Akebono-sugi. It was named metasequoia because of its resemblance to the sequoia, which is said to reach a maximum height of 115 meters. The metasequoia also grows to be a large tree, 15 to 20 meters high and 1.5 meters thick.

The beautiful seasonal appearance keeps bringing more visitors: new leaves in spring, dark green shades in summer, foliage in autumn, and snow-covered trees in winter. It was selected as one of the “100 Roadside Trees of Japan" in 1994.

ポイント

  • 500 metasequoia trees line along a 2.4km-long straight road.
  • Beautiful scenery in every season.
  • Makino Pickland, next to the avenue, offers seasonal fruit harvest activities.
  • You can also enjoy a meal or buy souvenirs at Makino Pickland.
  • Please mind the common etiquettes for the local residents.

Photos

  • Metasequoia Avenue

    Metasequoia Avenue

  • 500 metasequoia trees line the 2.4km-long straight road.

    500 metasequoia trees line the 2.4km-long straight road.

  • Fall foliage

    Fall foliage

  • Metasequoia tree colors turn from yellow to dark red in fall.

    Metasequoia tree colors turn from yellow to dark red in fall.

  • Winter scenery of Metasequoia Avenue

    Winter scenery of Metasequoia Avenue

  • Winter landscape with imperious trees amid of white fields.

    Winter landscape with imperious trees amid of white fields.

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Details

Name in Japanese
メタセコイア並木
Address
Hiruguchi to Makino, Makino Town, Takashima City, Shiga
Tel
0740-33-7101 (Lake Biwa Takashima Tourist Association)
Admission
Free
Closed
No holidays
Business Hours
Not Specified
Access
20 minutes’ car ride from Makino Station on the JR Kosai Line
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)