Featuring the largest river basin area within Shikoku, the class A Yoshino River flows from West to East through Tokushima prefecture.
Within the middle basin there is a myriad of beautiful scenery including tranquil, rural landscapes. For example, the picturesque Minoda no Fuchi (the stream pool of Minoda’) below.
Around 5 km from Minoda no Fuchi (a 10-minute car ride away) the massive Kamo no Okusu (Kamo’s Giant Camphor tree) stands calmly in solitude, towering over its surroundings.
Compare its size with the houses in the background and the cars driving by!
At over 1000 years old this rare giant of a camphor tree is 26 meters high, 52 meters wide (east to west), and 42 meters south to north.
It stands in a tranquil rural area, part of which has been made into a park.
When you get close to the trunk, you can feel the overwhelming presence of the tree. It has a certain gentleness and dignity…
A sacred straw rope has been tied around the thick trunk, and although supported by poles, the branches stretch around comfortably. The trunk is around 17 meters thick.
I just want to keep on looking!
Trying my best to restrain the emotion of not wanting to leave, with feelings of awe and gratitude I leave the place behind…
This is again Yoshino River and the evening sun upon Minoda no Fuchi. The fertile soil formed by the river over a long period of time is rich in nature.
Kamo’s Giant Camphor tree has been designated as one of Japan’s special national natural treasures.
How about coming and taking a close up look at this rare giant camphor tree?
Location: 1482 Kamo, Miyoshi-cho, Miyoshi district, Tokushima prefecture
Guide Homepage: http://www.town.higashimiyoshi.lg.jp/kanko/kankoti/kamo.html (Japanese)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka
Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc. "I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi." 'Healing Japan TV' - Traveling virtually around the country through 'healing videos'.
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