NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/1/24

ブナ平立山のスギ Bunadaira-tateyama-no-sugi The Tateyama Cedar on Beech Plain

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Near the Kurobe Tateyama Alpine Route, on Beech Plain (Bundadaira), there is a giant tree known as the Tateyama Cedar. This tree has been designated by the Forestry Agency as one of Japan's 100 giant trees.

Though it is not so tall at 21m, it has a trunk with a girth of 9.4m. Tateyama cedars are so-called 'stand cedars': low in height but with thick trunks. Whether the Tateyama Cedar on Beech Plain is one tree or two grown into one is uncertain. The presence of this tree, however, is overwhelming, and there is an eerie atmosphere around it, as if a spirit lived within it.

The best way to approach the Tateyama Cedar is from the natural observation pass from Bijo Plain at the entrance of Midagahara Plateau to Bunazaka. You will see other cedars as well as the Tateyama Cedar. So many wonderful cedars together with beeches give a marvellous sense of the natural richness of this forest.

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Kohen, Kokuyurin 138, Bunazakagai 11, Tateyama-cho, Nakaniikawa-gun, Toyama Prefecture
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The Tateyama Cedar on Beech Plain




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