Skunk cabbage community in Imazu (今津のザゼンソウ群落)

The skunk cabbage community of Imazu is a habitat for the plant located in Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture. It is known as the southernmost natural habitat for the plant in Japan.

Skunk cabbage grows widely and in high concentration in the wetlands of Aibano.

It was discovered in 1981 by students of Imazu Junior High School while conducting observations for their science class.

It was designated Specific Plant Community under the Environment Agency's National Survey on the Natural Environment in 1986 and was named Green Preservation Zone under the Nature Conservation Regulation in Shiga Prefecture in 1989.

Skunk Cabbage Festival' is held in the area every year in late February.


Hirokawa, Imazu-cho, Takashima City, Shiga Prefecture


20 minuites on foot from Omi-Imazu Station on the West Japan Railway Company Kosei Line
7 minuites by bus from JR Kosei Line Omi-Imazu Station and 3 min. on foot from 'Zazenso-mae' busstop.

Area Information

Miyanomori Park
Ashizumi-jinja Shrine & Yukisugi Tenmangu Shrine
Biwako Shuko no Uta Shiryokan Song Museum
Vories-dori Street
Imazu Vories Museum
United Church of Christ in Japan Imazu Church
Former Imazu Post Office
Imazu Port (bound for Chikubushima Island)

[Original Japanese]