Chichi-sugi Cedar Tree of Iwakura (Okinoshima Town)
Mysterious Large Cedar Tree Where the Spirits of the Forest Seem to Live
This is an old cedar tree about 800 years old that stands at the east foot of Mt. Daimanji – the highest peak in Okinoshima Town. This tree has a height of 30 m, a circumference of 16 m at the roots and branches out in 15 places from the middle of the trunk. You will find 24 giant stalactite-shaped breast roots about 10 m above ground. The longest of these has reached 2.6 m in length. The local people call this the “Chichi-sugi Tree (Breast Tree)” and hold a ceremony here as a sacred tree every year on April 23. The area around here is cool even in summer and there is a very mysterious atmosphere after the rain.