selected as one of Japan’s new 100 best roadside tree views
The Metasequoia Tree-lined Road is a scenic spot with about 500 Metasequoias planted along a 2.4-kilometer road extending from Makino Pic-land to Makino Highland. The avenue has been selected as one of Japan’s new 100 best roadside tree views. The refreshing greenery of spring and summer, autumn foliage, and winter snowscape add to the allure of this photogenic spot.
The Metasequoia Tree-lined Road is a straight road lined on either side with roughly 500 Metasequoia trees along a 2.4-kilometer stretch from Makino Pic-land to the approach of the Makino Highland.
With the refreshing greenery of spring and summer, changing leaves of autumn, and snowy winter landscape, the beautiful scenery of the seasons is always in harmony with the distant Nosaka Mountains. The site has been selected by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper as one of Japan’s new 100 best roadside tree views as well as Japan’s top 100 autumn foliage spots.
The best time to visit the Metasequoia Tree-lined Road is during the autumn foliage season when the road is dyed a beautiful bright red, usually from early November to late November. We recommend taking a leisurely stroll rather than viewing the leaves from inside a car. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery created by the seasonal Metasequoia trees along the long, straight road.
To find out up-to-date conditions of the Metasequoia Tree-lined Road, we recommend using the Takashima City official website as well as Twitter, Instagram, and other SNS. You can get the latest information by searching “Metasequoia road”, but make sure the the search results contain the key words “Shiga” and “Makino” to get you to the correct destination as there are many other locations with Metasequoias. Makino Pic-land also shares daily Metasequoia conditions on Facebook.
After visiting the Metasequoia Tree-lined Road, why not have lunch at a nearby restaurant or café? Totoro Restaurant (Totoro Oshokujidokoro) is recommended if you want a hearty lunch set with good cost performance and fresh sashimi. Koti Cafe is perfect if you are looking for a lighter meal. It is a somewhat hidden-away café with an adorable exterior and signboard. For about 1,000 yen, you can enjoy a delicious lunch featuring ingredients from Makino Town.
Makino Highland is a sightseeing spot that you can visit along with the Metasequoia Tree-lined Road. The site offers a full day of enjoyment for families with children, with a campsite in the summer, a ski area in the winter, and hot springs available year round. The adjoining restaurant offers local cuisines made with fresh, local, seasonal ingredients, and you can soak in the hot springs before or after the meal as well. Like the Metasequoia Tree-lined Road, the Makino Highland is excellent in all seasons.