Somataka Shrine

Address Kamifukiire 353, Shibayama-machi, Sanbu-gun, Chiba-ken

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Introduction

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Somataka Shrine in Kamifukiire area is worshiped as a village shrine by residents in the area. The giant cedar by the main temple is respected as Osugi-sama," a holy tree of the shrine. With its dimension reaching 25 meters in height and 5.5 meters in the circumference at the eye-level, it's a rare big tree as a shrine's holy tree in the town. In the shrine, there is also a twin tree that consists of two original trees. The radius of the trunks of the both trees are the same 1.2 meters, while the cedar's height is 25 meters and the chinquapin's is 15 meters. Possible because they grew up together, the cedar begun to cover around the trunk of the chinquapin reflecting the difference of the natures of the trees' surfaces. It's a twin tree with a combined trunk as if they are a single tree up to 2 meters from the ground."