Kurasawa no Hinoki (Japanese Cypress at Kurasawa)
|Category of the cultural property||Tokyo Metropolitan Government designated Natural Monument|
|Location (i.e., city, town, village, or ward name)||Okutama|
|Date of designation||2/24/1987|
|Number of the individual cultural property||1|
|Explanatory text|| Around 100 meters ahead of Kurasawa bridge, there is a trail on the right side of Nippara street. After climbing the trail, Kurasawa no Hinoki (Japanese cypress in Kurasawa) can be seen standing on the ridge leading to the south. On its south, young Japanese cypress trees grows, and deciduous forests consisting of maple and oak trees grow on its north and on the both sides of the ridge.|
The tree in Kurasawa is 3.4 meters in height and 6.3 meters in curcumference at height of 1.2 meters above ground. The main trunk is thick but not straight. Nine giant branches separate from the trunk at height of about 5 meters above ground. These branches are growing up straight like a fork and form a big crown. The tree is called "Sennen no Daihinoki (huge Japanese cypress at the age of 1,000) in this area and is the biggest Japanese cypress tree in Tokyo. It was designated as a natural monument by Okutama Town on November 3rd, 1983 and later designated by Tokyo Metropolotan Government.
It is said that Japanese cypress came to called "Hinoki (a tree of fire)" because the wood was used for a tool of making fire.
|Location||567,Nippara,Okutama Town, Nishiokutama Distinct|
Natural Monuments of Tokyo; Kurasawa no Hinoki