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Shimojo

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Located in Oguni-machi, in Aso-gun, Kumamoto, Shimojo no Oicho is a giant Ginkgo biloba tree that is more than 1,000 years old. It is a sight not to be missed when lit up at night and when it is ablaze with its autumn colors.

This giant Ginkgo tree has been designated as a natural monument of Japan. It is the prefecture’s largest Ginkgo tree, with a trunk circumference of 12 meters and a height of 25 meters.

It is also known as "Chichikobu-san", and legend has it that if a woman who is having trouble nursing her baby drinks a tea made with the bark of this tree, her milk flow will improve.

In the autumn foliage season from mid-October into November, the tree is lit up at night, creating a magical scene for visitors to enjoy.

Location

Name Shimojo
Web Sites (In English) https://www.kurokawaonsen.or.jp/eng_new/
Address Shimojo, Oguni-machi, Aso-gun, Kumamoto
Access Approx. 75 minutes by car from Aso Kumamoto Airport
Inquiries TEL:0967-46-2113 (Information Division, Oguni Town Office)
Event Period Light-up: Mid-October - mid-November (around 18:00 - 22:00 TBD)
Admission Free

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