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Yoko no Matsu | The National Natural Property

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There is a huge black pine tree standing in Seijusan Jizoin Zenyoji Temple in Higashi Koiwa, Edogawaku, Tokyo with its long branches spreading like a bird taking a rest on the beach with its wings spreading. It is named 'Yoko no Matsu' designated as a National Natural Property. Passing through both Niomon and Fudomon gate, visitors could find a black pine tree in the yard covered with white sands in front of them, it could be seen a wood in an island on blue lagoon. Though the over 600 years old black pine tree grows enough thick and it looks like a wood, it is a pine tree. Viewing from the top of Mt. Yokozuna in the temple is specialy wonderful.
Besides, there are several black pine trees lined along the approach road of Zenyoji Temple. These pine trees including Yoko no Matsu imply that the area around the temple used to be close to sea shore.
Why don't you visit Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple?

The National Natural Property Yoko no Matsu

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Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple

Yoko no Matsu, a huge black pine tree designated as the National Natural Property in September 21, 2011 and registered as the Natural Property by Edogawaku in January 13, 1981.

Yoko no Matsu is a over 600 years old black pine tree with 8 meters tall and a trunk with 4.5 meters in diameter. The branches spread about 31 meters from east to west and 28 meters from north to south. Yoko no Matsu is counted as one of the most beautiful pine trees in Japan.
Keigatsu Omachi, a writer in Meiji Era, described Yoko no Matsu in 1906, 'There is an old pine tree having about 18 meters long branches spreading to four directions, it has over 100 props supporting the long branches. This pine tree is the best in Tokyo.'
Kiyotaka Kaburaki, a ukiyoe painter, described Yoko no Matsu in his work named 'Shin Kotozusetsu' in 1923, 'Yoko no Matsu gives more wonderful impressions than Hoshifuri no Matsu.'
In 1981, Yoko no Matsu was compared with Okano Matsu. And Shonosuke Kimura, the sumo referee at that time, decided that the competition ended in drawn.
Once the tree had lost its health, but it has been getting well by the project to recover it from 2002 to 2011.

November 2011
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The Location Access to Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple

Yoko no Matsu (the huge pine tree) in Zenyoji Temple

  • Yoko no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple has great accessibilities from both Narita and Haneda International Airport.
  • From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Edogawa Sta, take minimally 50 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express line, get off Koiwa Sta.
  • From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and get off Edogawa Sta.
  • Take 15 minute walk from both Edogawa Sta and 18 minute walk from Koiwa Sta. Passing through the gates, Yoko no Matsu stands in front of you.
  • 2-24-2 Higashi Koiwa, Edogawaku, Tokyo

The Landmarks in Zenyoji Temple

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Yoko no Matsu, a huge black pine tree designated as the National Natural Property.


Noted Scenic Spots near Yoko no Matsu Pine Tree

Edogawa River

A Walk Along Edogawa River

The areas along the river have many noted spots that people could enjoy history and culture.
I-link Town Ichikawa

The Observatory on I-link Town Ichikawa

It commands a panoramic view of Mt.Fuji behind Tokyo.

cherry blossoms in Satomi Park

A Walk Around Satomi Park

The park is the noted scenic spot to see cherry blossoms, roses and colored leaves with many historical heritages.
Soneiji Temple

Ankokusan Soneiji Temple

It was treated as a high ranked temple as same as Upper Class Daimyos by Tokugawa Bakufu in Edo period.

Yogo no Matsu in Zenyoji Temple

Zenyoji Temple

This temple is famous for Yoko no Matsu, the National Natural Property.
Junsaiike Pond Park

Junsaiike Pond Park

It has beautiful nature in every season and legends related to the Battles of Konodai.

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Ekoin Branch Temple in Ichikawa

Genkoji Temple, a branch temple of Ryogoku Ekoin has a beautiful garden and a mordern main hall with CafeTerrace Ekoin.
the monument of Nogiku no Haka

The Literature Monument of The Book 'Nogiku no Haka' and the Old Battlefield of Konodai

They are in Nogikuen Park and Sairenji Temple in Yagiri.