Name: The Giant Ginkgo of Hoshimiya Shrine (星宮神社のイチョウ)
Type: Ginkgo/Maidenhair Tree (Ginkgo biloba)
Trunk Circumference: 5.7m
Location: 栃木県栃木市田村町 (36° 23′ 25″N 139° 47′ 03″E)
Date of Visit: 2012-5-5
In this area, there’s a Hoshi(no)miya Shrine basically wherever you look. But the one with a giant ginkgo is in Tochigi City, Tamura-machi. It’s located on the north side of Prefectural Road 44, the road that connects Tochigi City and Ninomiya Town.
In the compound, there are two ginkgos lined up. As they are both female trees, there are many ginkgo nuts on the ground in fall. Of course, of the two trees, the one with the thicker trunk is the one I came to see. Maybe it is two trees that have grown together. Because the area it’s growing in is spacious, the branches have grown wide and free.
On this day, I was heading westward, and long before I arrived at the tree, I was able to spot its magnificent canopy. There was no chance of missing it.