The area where Bekku no Okatsura is located is said to have been visited by the Kobo Daishi/Kukai while they were travelling around the country. The Kyokaiji Temple was started here and the Katsura tree was planted. Legend has it that it was called the sacred tree of water. The tree has a height of 27 meters and an area of 14 meters around the stock. The branches of the tree reach a diameter of 24 meters. From the roots of the tree there is plenty of spring water, and is known to nourish many rice terraces that spread downstream.
It has been established as a Natural Monument of Hyogo Prefecture.