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Great sugi of Kayano, Kaga

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The great sugi of Kayano (栢野大杉, Kayano Ōsugi) is a Cryptomeria (Sugi) tree at Yamanaka Onsen in Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. One of the four trees believed to be sacred in the precincts of the Sugawara Shrine, it has received the distinction of designation as a Special Natural Monument from the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.

The tree stands 54.8 m tall. At the base, it measures 11.5 m in circumference and 3.41 m across. At chest height, it is 9.6 m around and 3.0 m across. The tree splits into two trunks 4.9 m above ground level. In 1928, Professor Manabu Miyoshi of Tokyo Imperial University estimated the age of the tree to be 2,300 years.
The other three are 8.8 m, 6.65 m and 7.8 m at chest height and natural monument of Ishikawa Prefecture.

Jōmon period artifacts unearthed near the shrine establish that human habitation predates recorded history. Warriors including members of the Taira, Minamoto, Asakura, and the Togashi (富樫氏) clan are said to have come to the shrine. In 1947, on the occasion of the second National Sports Festival of Japan (held in Ishikawa Prefecture), Emperor Shōwa (then known as Hirohito) visited the great sugi.
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  • Awesome cedar trees over 2000 years old standing majestic and proud in the grounds of a small temple. A reminder of nature's strength and resilience.  more »
  • Just across the road from our ryokan so we had to visit but also easy if you're driving in the area. Not amazing but a beautiful small shrine with a lot of history (read up before you visit) and...  more »
  • Awesome trees. The power and resilience of nature.
  • After passing through the Torii, there are four huge cedar trees. The cedar, which was separated from the lid, was particularly powerful, and when I saw it, I got goosebumps. It was so beautiful that I could not believe it was from the Jomon period, and the leaves were also lush. When you are there, the air is different at all, oh, this is the power spot! I realized that. I was impressed. I would like to stay here again when I go to nearby.
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