Considered one of the 100 best trees in Japan, this huge 650-year-old cedar has a vast spread of branches. It is said that when Daichi (founder of the Gida-ji Temple in Yoshino, Hakusan City) went back to his hometown, Higo, he placed a branch of a cedar upside down in the ground, and the tree became the Oboke-sugi. Therefore, it is also called the Sakasa-sugi (upside-down cedar). The name is derived from its shape, which resembles a Buddhist altar offering bowl heaped with rice (oboke). It is a national natural monument.
Near the tree is an area called Yoshino Kougei no Sato. Here there are several art museums, art workshops, cafes and restrooms. The grounds also offer a great place for children to play, and are surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery.