Jikoji was my destination on a recent 90k cycling trip. Jikoji is a 600-year-old temple of a Zen-Buddhist sect. The path to the temple, which is located in a valley at the foot of Mt. Haku in Niigata, is lined for 500 meters by towering Japanese cedars, or cryptomerias. The age of the trees is estimated to be 300-500 years.