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