Murasame no Matsu (rain-showered pine)

A gigantic Japanese black pine tree, a symbol at Ryotsu Port

Within the grounds of Sado Japan Coast Guard Station, a Japanese black pine tree with beautifully shaped branches stands nineteen metres tall, and has a girth of six metres. It used to be a navigational aid for maritime pilots at sea, and is mentioned in the folk song, "Ryotsu Jinku". Murasame no Matsu used to be called "Otabisho no Matsu" (a pine tree at the midway resting point of a god during a procession), or "Gobansho no Matsu" (a pine tree at a port observation post). Koyo Ozaki, a novelist who visited Sado in the Meiji times (1868-1912), thought the tree getting splashed by waves resembled the wetness of getting caught in a shower of rain (called "murasame" in Japanese). The tree's name is derived from this episode. Murasame no Matsu is a Niigata Prefecture Natural Monument.

  • Heritage and Relics
  • Heritage and Relics
1 Ryotsu Ebisu, Sado, Niigata 952-0011
Transport Access
Ryotsu Port Approx 3 by car
Nearest bus stop
Ryoutsukyokumae(Minamisen (South Line)、Higashikaigansen Line) Approx. 1 minutes on foot from bus stop
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