Shogunsugi giant cedar tree将軍杉
Shogunsugi is a giant cedar tree overlooking the Iwatani village on the grounds of the Byodo-ji temple. Shogun means General in Japanese. It has thick and sturdy branches on all sides and is estimated to be 1,400 years old. The trunk circumference is 19.31m and the height is 38m. The tree has been categorized as a National Natural Monument and was named after the Mutsu guardian shogun Tairano Koremochi.
Beyond the famous Yakushima cedar, this is the largest cedar in Japan.
This Shogunsugi generally seems to be underestimated, but we highly recommend it. It is really amazing. Breathtaking. The real tree feels much bigger and more powerful than the pictures. However, because of its location, it is not so famous and less tourist.
Free parking available.
Located 5 mins by car from the Kinoko (Mushroom) Park.
About 50km from Niigata city, 1 hour by car.