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A Large Cryptomeria Tree

Jomon Sugi is a large cryptomeria tree (yakusugi) located on Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritag...

Jomon Sugi

Jomon Sugi is a large cryptomeria tree (yakusugi) located on Yakushima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Japan. It is the oldest and largest of nearly 2,000-year-old-growth cryptomeria trees on the island, and is estimated to be between 2,170 and 7,200 years old.


YAKUSHIMA QUICK FACT: A common misconception is that Yakusugi trees are part of the cedar family. Yakusugi will often have cedar written with their name in English, and this is actually incorrect. They are in fact part of the cypress family.

Jomon Sugi was a well kept local secret in Yakushima up until the late 1960`s when it was `rediscovered` with the help of a Yakushima local. Jomon Sugi`s popularity grew and the tree soon became a destination for nature enthusiasts. This interest has continued until today, and the day hike to see this old, stately flora is the most popular hike on Yakushima.

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