The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #79 The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #79 The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine
The sun does almost magical things in this grove.

Number: 79
Name: The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine (湯泉神社の大杉)
Type: Cryptomeria (Cryptomeria japonica)
Height: 47m
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.

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #79 The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine
This one is tall blighter.

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.

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #79 The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine
At the time, I thought I was suffering heatstroke because the lights seemed so dreamy. Turns out the light WAS fantastic.

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.

The Giant Trees of Tochigi: #79 The Giant Cryptomeria of Yuzen Shrine
I hope this tree stands for many more centuries.

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