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Ishiwarizakura

石割桜(盛岡市)

Ishiwarizakura is an approximately 380-year-old edohigan cherry tree, measuring 4.3 meters around the base and 10 meters in height. This magnificent tree, which is a national natural monument, has grown out of the crack in a large granite boulder; its dynamic appearance makes it one of the most beloved cherry trees in the city. Located in front of the Morioka Courthouse, it is one of the earliest cherry trees to come into bloom in the city, heralding the arrival of spring every year.

In 1932 there was a fire at the Courthouse, but Ishiwarizakura escaped damage thanks to the efforts of firefighters and, in particular, a gardener named Fujimura Jitaro, who risked his life to save the tree. Today, Jitaro’s family continues to take care of Ishiwarizakura as volunteer gardeners.

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Inquiries
Tourist Information Northern Tohoku Tourist Center 019-625-2090 Iwate Tourism Association 019-651-0626 Morioka Station Taxi Counter 019-622-5240 Morioka Station Bus Information Center 019-654-9360 Morioka Station JR Bus Ticket Counter 019-624-4474
Access 1
Loop Bus from JR Morioka Station Morioka Central Loop Bus Denden-mushi ( clockwise direction ) Get on at Morioka Station East Exit Boarding Area 16 Get off at Chuodori 1-chome; 1 min. on foot from the station 8 min. 019-662-2111 ( Iwateken Kotsu Matsuzono Office )
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Taxi About 5 min. from JR Morioka Station
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Bicycle Rental Sasaki Bicycle Shop 9:00-18:00 12 bicycles available 019-624-2692
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Car About 20 min. from Morioka IC

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