Name: The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine (湯泉神社の大杉)
Type: Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica)
Trunk Circumference: 6.5m
Age: >700 years
Location: 栃木県那須郡那須町芦野 (36° 59′ 26″N 140° 09′ 25″E)
Date of Visit: 2011-8-13
Across the Nara River from the ruins of Ashino Castle, there lies Yuzen Shrine at the foot of Mt. Takebu. (More of a hill, really, but I digress).
The Ashino Clan (芦野氏) gave 60 koku of land to this shrine in the Kyouroku Era (享禄, 1528-1532 CE) as a sign of good will and to ask the favour of the gods. I guess the feudal lord must have had deep reverence for this place.
At the front-right corner of the main hall (that is, the left side as you face it), stands a giant cryptomeria designated as a Natural Monument of Tochigi.
This tree has been hit several times by lightning, and at a glance, you seen where it has mended itself, and there is no trace of any burning.
I try to show you my Japan. Won’t you show me your Japan?