Mishima Taisha Shrine

An Old Fragrant Olive in the Shrine Grounds?!

The fragrant olive that grows in Mishima Taisha Shrine was designated as a national natural treasure by the Minister of Education.

This tree with its lemon colored flowers is unique for its sweet aroma that is rumored to drift in the air for as far as eight kilometers.

Let's surround ourselves in the fragrance of the old kinmokusei

The scent flowing from the fragrant olive is a sign that fall is upon us.

Mishima Taisha shrine is particularly famous in the Tokai region for its fragrant olive. This tree grows within the shrine grounds and is said to be the oldest and largest olive tree within Japan at 1,200 years old.

You'll recognize it the instant you see it with its lemon colored flowers, sweet scent, and the tips of its branches drooping down and almost touching the floor.

The scientific name of this tree is Osmanthus fragransvar. thunbergii, and it was designated as a national natural treasure by the Minister of Education in 1993.
The tree with its pretty yellow flowers gives off a sweet aroma that is rumored to flow through the air for as far as eight kilometers. How about strolling down this history filled shrine, recorded in books from the Heian Period, and letting the fragrance from the kinmokusei hit your nose just like people from the Heian Period once enjoyed?

*As of 16th March 2018

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