Guide to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) by Photos and Movies

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Name
Ganso-ate
Address
Urakami, Monzen-machi, Wajima City
Category
Natural landscape
Class
Designation
Prefecturally designated natural monument (November 2004)
Comment
“Hinokiasunaro”, a variety of Cupressaceae thujopsis, is called ate in the Hokuriku region. It is the prefectural tree of Ishikawa. Two of them called “Ganso-ate” are estimated to be 450 years old, and are 30 meters tall. One measures 4 meters and the other 3.6 meters around the trunk. Ate is distributed from the Noto Peninsula to the south of Hokkaido on the Sea of Japan side of the country. Because it has remarkable strength, durability and resistance to humidity, it has been used as a building material for a long time. The climate and natural features of Noto are appropriate for the growth of ate, and Noto is famous for its ate forests. Legend has it that ate was first brought from the Tohoku region, and the saplings from there were planted during the Tensho period (1573〜1592) and grew to become Ganso-ate.
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