Located in Atami of the Shizuoka Prefecture, Goshinboku is the sacred tree that has been standing in the same place, at the Kinomiya Shrine, for over two centuries. The enormous, gnarled trunk of Japan’s oldest kusunoki (camphor) tree has an outstanding circumference of over 20 meters! Designated as a National Treasure, the giant presence of Goshinboku is both overwhelming and comforting to tourists and natives alike. Its name is derived from three kanji characters; Go, which means honorable, shin, meaning holy, and finally boku, meaning tree. When all three are put together, the result is
a title that perfectly represents what this tree means to many Japanese people. The Japanese believe that the tree symbolizes “everlasting youth & longevity” as well as the “perfect state of health.” It has been said that walking around the tree while thinking about one of your deepest desires will not only make that wish a reality, but will also add an entire year to your life! The sheer enormity and magnitude of Goshinboku is enough for people from all across the country to flock to the Kinomiya Shrine in hopes that its supposed spiritual powers will heal or strengthen them.
来宮神社 Kinomiya Shrine
This incredible, sacred tree known as Goshinboku at the Kinomiya Shrine, has endured the many harsh effects of heavy rain and snow, as well as blizzards and thunderstorms for over 2,000 years, but proves to stand the test of time as it still stands strong in the same place today.