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Nonaka-no-Ippo-Sugi

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Nonaka-no-Ippo-Sugi
In the grounds of Kumano Kodo's Tsugizakura-oji there are some massive 800-year old cedars. Called "Nonaka-no-Ippo-Sugi" for the fact that their branches only extend to the south, they are a designated natural treasure of Wakayama Prefecture. Twenty adults can easily fit into the spacious hollow trunk of one old tree. There are around ten cedars, the biggest of which has a trunk that measures 8m in circumference. They are called "Ippo-Sugi" (One-direction Cedars) because their branches all extend as if in longing for Kumano Nachi Taisha to the south. This curious natural phenomenon is said to be very rare as far as our understanding of ecology goes.

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