The 'Mikaeri' 'looking-back' pine tree of Enjo-ji temple was chosen as one of the 10 best pine trees of Japan due to its beautiful foliage which stretches out 24.5 meters around the trunk. The local people call this picturesque 12m high tree "Ohkado no Matsu." The tree's nickname 'Mikaeri no Matsu' is said to derive from shape of its branches which bend backwards. Another theory is that its wonderful shape, which resembles an opened umbrella, captivates the viewer so much that people can't help turning around to look at it longer.
|Address||Iwaya, Wakasa-cho, Mikatakaminaka-gun, Fukui-pref. 919-1325|
|Access||On Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway
13 min. drive from Wakasa-Mikata I.C. (via Route 27)
12 min. drive from Wakasa-Kaminaka I.C. (via Route 22)
|Inquiries||Wakasa-Mikatagoko Tourism Association Phone. 0770-45-0113|