Thursday, 29 May 2014

The longest tree-lined avenue in the world | Cedar Avenue of Nikkō, Japan

The Cedar Avenue of Nikko is a street in Japan lined with approximately 13,000 cryptomeria trees, known as Sugi, the national tree of Japan. Consisting of three parts converging on the city of Imaichi, the Cedar Avenue of Nikko is 35.41 kilometers long and is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest tree-lined avenue in the world. The Cedar Avenue of Nikko is the only cultural property designated by the Japanese Government as both a Special Historic Site and a Special Natural Monument. The cedar trees were planted approximately 400 years ago by Matsudaira Masatsuna, a feudal lord serving Tokugawa Ieyasu, who donated them to the Nikko Tosho-gu. This monumental project was begun around 1625 and required about 20 years to be completed. It is estimated that some 200,000 cedars were planted at this time.

The longest tree-lined avenue in the world | Cedar Avenue of Nikko, Japan
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The longest tree-lined avenue in the world | Cedar Avenue of Nikko, Japan
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