Considered one of the 100 best trees in Japan, this huge 680-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.
Parking is available for visitors at Yoshino Kougei no Sato.
Free App for Travelling Around Geoparks
Travel around Geoparks with ease with the Geoparks Japan App - a free map app that uses your phone or tablet's GPS function to show your location on a map, and includes information about nearby sites and tourist destinations. The Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark offers three maps for walking, driving, and hiking. More information here
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