Name: The Giant Cryptomeria of Matsuda Shrine (松田神社のスギ)
Type: Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
Trunk Circumference: 5.2m
Age: 480 years
Location: 栃木県足利市松田町宮前 (36° 23′ 46″N 139° 25′ 35″E)
Date of Visit: 2012-7-25
This large cryptomeria is behind the front shrine, and in front and to the left of the main shrine. There is a thin shimenawa. It seems this is a sacred tree.
On the tall, slender trunk of this cryptomeria, there are no side branches until the top third or so of the tree. At the very top, it has branched out in three directions, which gives it a lovely canopy shape.
Compared to the other, younger cryptomeria around, this one certainly does stand out as an old one. Nevertheless, it still seems to be a strong, vital tree, with no worries as to its future.