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The Giant Trees of Tochigi #25: The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine

#25 The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine
Here is the shrine.

Number: 25
Name: The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine (熊野神社のスギ)
Type: Japanese Cedar (Cryptomeria japonica)
Height: 40m
Trunk Circumference: 6.4m
Age: unknown
Location: 栃木県鹿沼市下永野山際 (36° 29′ 12″N 139° 37′ 06″E)
Date of Visit: 2012-4-30

If you turn off Prefectural Road 15 south onto Prefectural Road 32 (The Tochigi-Kasuo Line), after a long climb, a reasonably long tunnel, and a long descent, you’ll find yourself in the community of Yamagiwa.

#25 The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine
There is the tree on the left. The shrine is newly built, and of non-traditional construction. The steps are a modern and quite new concrete set.

On the north edge of the community, at the base of a hill, you’ll find Kumano Shrine.

The Giant Cryptomeria is on the left side of the stone steps up to the shrine. Coming out of the ground, it’s a single trunk, but like so many cryptomeria in Kanuma, it splits partway up. Is this just a forked tree, or is it a union of two trees? There’s another tree there too. It seems like it probably started life around the same time.

#25 The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine
The tree in question is the back one.
#25 The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine
#25 The Giant Cryptomeria of Kumano Shrine
Two trunks!

If you look about, there’s a small concrete storehouse with the name “Oosugi Shrine” (大杉神社, “Large Cryptomeria Shrine”) written on it. What is this about? I guess this is the big cryptomeria in the name. There’s no shimenawa on this tree, there’s no information board or post like many large trees, there was no one about to ask, so in the end, it’s still a mystery to me.