Shirahata Ginkgo Tree

The tree is about 230 years old, about 23 meters tall, and has a circumference at breast height of about 12 meters.
It is also called Sakasaicho (meaning “upside-down ginkgo” in Japanese) because, as legend has it, when Masamune Date, a general in the Warring States period, marched into Komagamine, he thrust a ginkgo whip he was carrying into the ground upside down and it took root.
The tree has been designated as a natural monument of Fukushima Prefecture.
In ordinary years, the colors usually begin to change in mid-November and are at their best from late November to early December.