Hinoki is one of the most prized types of wood in Japan. This tree is a type of a cypress that grows only in this part of the world where it is considered a “sacred” wood. The wood of this tree is nicely lemon-like scented and distinguished by its light color and straight grain. Due to its exquisite features, hinoki is for centuries used for palaces, temples, and shrines. Hinoki is also popular as ornamental tree in all temperate climates of the world.