Kochi Prefecture's 'Sugi-no-Osugi'

Majestic 3000-year-old giant cedar trees in Shikoku

By Sandra Isaka    - 1 min read

Deep in the countryside of Shikoku is 'Sugi-no-Osugi', which is actually a pair of 3000-year-old trees, 'Minami Osugi' and 'Kita Osugi'. Their roots are joined, so they are also called 'Meoto Sugi', or the wedded cedar. The trees are said to have been planted by Susano-o-Mikoto, one of the brothers of Amaterasu, the Goddess of the Sun. They sit within the grounds of Yasaka Jinja, a small shrine related to Kyoto's famous one of the same name.

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Sandra Isaka

Sandra Isaka @sandra.isaka

As an intercultural consultant & Japan travel specialist with 20+ years in Japan, I love sharing my favorite places with others.