The Giant Trees of Tochigi: α7 The Giant Evergreen Oak of Takao Shrine

α7 Giant Evergreen Oak of Takao Shrine
The Evergreen Oak and my car.

Number: α7
Name: Giant Evergreen Oak of Takao Shrine (高龗神社のアカガシ)
Type: Japanese Evergreen Oak (Quercus acuta)
Height: 11.1m
Trunk Circumference: 3.32m
Age: 230 years
Location: 栃木県河内郡上三川町東汗 (36° 28′ 15.4662″N 139° 56′ 42.468″E)
Date of Visit: 2011-7-18

α7 Giant Evergreen Oak of Takao Shrine
This is the entrance to Takao Shrine, and that just behind and to the left of the torii is the evergreen oak.

Sharing a complex with Mangan Temple is Takao Shrine. Here, adjacent to the entrance torii, is the Giant Evergreen Oak. This tree doesn’t usually live in places as warm as south Tochigi. They prefer cooler climates, and can generally cannot be found further south than Fukushima and north Niigata. And yet, here is one smack dab in the middle of Kaminokawa. This, like the Giant Evergreen Oak of Takioka Onsen Shrine suggest that the climate in Tochigi used to be much cooler than it is today.

α7 Giant Evergreen Oak of Takao Shrine
It was nice to get a chance to see a living Evergreen Oak after the shock that was Takioka Onsen Shrine. Alas, I must keep moving. On this hot, humid Marine Day, I had one more tree to visit.

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