There are three avenues, which reach to Nikko.
For example, these are Onari Avenue, Aizu-nishi Avenue and Reiheishi
Avenue. These three avenues confluence in Imaichi City, and is recognized
as Nikko Avenue today. Cedars grow in those three avenues, and total
length of these is 37km. It is recorded on the Guinness Book of
Records as the longest road of trees in the world.
Masatsuna Matsudaira took 20 years to plant. He
served for the first three successive shoguns of Tokugawa such as
Ieyasu, Hidetada and Iemitsu. Masatsuna contributed it in the 32nd
anniversary of Ieyasu's death. 13000-cedar trees remain, and some
trees have unique stories.
*Cedar, which has a trace
of a cannonball
That trace was made in Boshin War. This tree is located in Segawa,
*Tarou Cedar of Nikko
It is told that tree is the biggest and most beautiful among the
Cedar Avenue. It is 38m high, is 2.5m in a diameter. This cedar
is located in Shichiri, Nikko City.
The seed of a cherry tree budded and united into the cedar. It blooms
cherry flower in the spring. This tree is located in Moritomo, Imaichi
Cedar Avenue is over 300 years old, but dead trees are not a few.
These were damaged by exhaust gas, vehicles vibration and wind.
Therefore, ownership system of Cedar Avenue has been started in
order to protect cedars from damages.
You will be able to appreciate the Cedar Avenue
slowly if you walk on the non-paved road from Imaichi City to Noguchi
of Nikko City.