Makino Town in Takashima-shi, Shiga Prefecture. This area near Lake Biwa is crowded with many tourists visiting in the summer. This is a recreation area, many people visit during sightseeing and summer vacation. There are many popular sightseeing spots such as spots where you can see a magnificent view around Makino station.
People who visit through the four seasons are constantly sought in a mountainous little town, with a great view of impression.
That magnificent view is like “Row of Metasequoia Trees” total length of 2.5 kilometers, as if it had gone into a movie scene.
“Row of Metasequoia Trees” following the road extending straight from the “Makino Pickland” which is the largest touristic orchard in the Kansai region to the Makino highland is a scenery which can be said as a symbol of Makino Town. This an avenue of Metasequoia is an exquisite road selected in 1994 as one of Yomiuri Shimbun’s “Street Tree 100 New Scenery of Japan”. This “Row of Metasequoia Trees” is known as a magnificent drive route, and it is a popular spot that visitors always have.
The Makino Plateau is an area with heavy snowfall in the Kansai region in the winter. It is a quiet mountain town from usual times, but it gets even more tranquil in winter. The scenery that can only be met during this season is also exceptional.
Row of Metasequoia Trees will entertain the beautiful appearance every season from spring, summer autumn winter. And the landscape of the road which stretched straight harmonizes with the distant view of the Nosaka mountain range and attracts visitors.
A metasequoia is a needle-leaf tree of department metasequoia of a cupressaceae. The height of the tree extended straightly will be about 30-35 meters. It seems that it is “since the scene which appears in the drama of famous South Korea is resembled” that the way of the “Row of Metasequoia Trees” of Shiga became famous.
The road which continues from the Makino Pick Land to the Makino plateau is called “Row of Metasequoia Trees.” Approximately 500 of the metasequoia trees of about 35 meters in height are located in a line with both the sides of the road for 2 kilometers. These row of metasequoia trees are the unparalleled view which selected by “100 of new Japanese roadside tree view.”
This street lined with trees does not have what is interrupted around, and is a scene of the highlight.
A figure is changed by the four seasons or a time zone, and it is atmosphere just like the street lined with trees in Europe.
It is famous as a sightseeing spot of autumnal leaves, and when coloring in brown from an orange, many people visit.
Moreover, many scene can be enjoyed with the time of the morning haze, dusk in early morning, solar sunlight, and twilight.
Generally, a metasequoia begins to change color from end of October to the beginning of November, and peak in the middle of November. They are somewhat later autumnal leaves. If it will enter in December, the leaves will fall.
It is “Row of Metasequoia Trees” pleasing seasonal beautiful scenery, but above all, the time when winter snow is piled up is recommended. The street lined with trees wrapped in the whole place covered with snow is the highlight.
It is the best time to see of a snowy scene from the beginning of January to the middle of February. The most beautiful scene can be enjoyed, if it visits when snow piled up about 10 cm.
|Name:||Row of Metasequoia Trees|
|Address:||Makinochosawa Takashima, Shiga 520-1821 Japan|
|Access:||JR Kosei-sen Line “Makino-eki” station (6 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81) 740-33-7101 (Biwako Takashima Tourism Association)|
|Price / Charge:||Free|