My husband and I visited Enkatsura Park in Otobe town, which is located about one hour and a half by car from Hakodate. As you see in a photo below, a bough connects two katsura tree firmly. Hence, the trees were named en-katsura, or knot katsura tree. I didn't know that katsura were Japanese special trees. I knew it checking its English translation in my dictionary. In China, katsura are imaginary trees in Moon and the term also can mean the moon.
Its estimate age is 500 and its height is about 40 meters. You have to walk about 20 minutes to reach the trees from a parking lot. I was scared because my husband told me that this time, when bears were searching for food before hibernation, was dangerous. There were bells, which must have had a role of alarm to bears and we range them each time we passed them.
At the foot of the trees, there was a small altar and we prayed together wishing our knot was fastened stronger.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。