Shimojo Oicho(下城大イチョウ)

The Shimojo Oicho is a ginkgo tree that is over 1000 years old
and has been designated a natural national monument. There are numerous knots hanging from the branches; because the shapes resemble a woman's breast, it has been affectionately called "Chichikobu-san" for a long time (Chichi is a Japanese word for breast). It is said that women who have trouble producing milk come to the tree to pray."

In the fall (Mid-October to Early September), there is a "Shimojo Light-up" event. There is also a "Chichikobu Matsuri"(Early September). During the event there is grilled meat to eat as well as staged performances.

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The Sakura Tree of Maebaru(Maebaru Ippon-Zakura/前原一本桜)

This solitary sakura tree is located in a meadow in th Shimojo Tabaru region. The contrast of its blooming flowers and Mt. Waita in the background makes this a popular sight. Many tourists visit the tree to take photos during the spring.

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The Amida Cedar Tree(Amidasugi/阿弥陀杉)

Said to be over 1300 years old, this cedar tree was deginated a national treasure as the largest cedar tree in Kumamoto Prefecture.

The tree gives off the appearance of a small forest with its ten large branches breaking off from the main trunk, each with numerous smaller branches. It is said that it came to be called the Amidasugi due to its appearance being similar to the Amida Buddha.

In 1999, about two thirds of the tree was broken off due to typhoon #18. A section of the fallen branches is kept as decoration in the Amidasugi no Yakata.

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Coupled Cedars(Meotosugi/夫婦杉)

urrounded by large and old trees, before Hokonosha's main shrine there are two large cedar trees lined up as if they were competing in size. They are called "Coupled Cedars" and are estimated to be 700 years old. They are designated Oguni Natural Monumets. There are also Zelkova trees that have been designated Natural Monuments on the premises.

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