Noto cypress, also known as ate, is the
prefectural tree of Ishikawa. Noto’s climate and natural features are suitable for ate trees, and the region is known as one of the major forestation areas in Japan. Ate trees, which have a strong, distinctive aroma, are found all over Noto.
Although ate trees are thought to grow naturally in the Noto area, there is a legend according to which the tree was first brought from the Tohoku region, and saplings from there were planted during the Tensho period (1573〜1592).
Since ate trees contain hinokitiol, and are durable and resistant to moisture, their wood is used for Wajima lacquerware and as a construction material. There are many ate trees in Noto, but visitors find the lush ate forests of Kawachi particularly astonishing.