Nakakamado Maple Tree

Nakakamado Maple Tree

Nakakamado is a very uniquely-shaped maple tree. This incredible tree – designated as a Natural Monument – looks like an open umbrella, and has 3 m of roots that protrude out of the ground. If visiting during autumn-leaf season, it’s best to plan your trip for mid to late-November. That being said, Nakakamado can be enjoyed through each of the four seasons – visitors can appreciate the fresh green leaves that cover it in spring, and the very unusual shape of the branches after the autumn leaves fall.

Venue Details

Venue Details

Iwaki Tourism and City Planning Bureau

(+81) 246-44-6545

Best Season
  • Autumn
Related infoDuring the average year, late November is the best time to see the bright red maple leaves.
Access Details
AccessOmotemae-117-2, Watanabe-machi, Nakakamado, Iwaki City, Fukushima Pref. 972-8337
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Getting there

By Car: 8 km (10 min) from the Iwaki Yumoto I.C. exit off the Joban Expressway

By Train: 10 min by taxi from Izumi Station (JR Ban-etsu East Line)


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Shopping & Souvenirs

Namie Roadside Station

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