The 360 year old Edohiganzakura (cherry blossom tree) grows through the cracks of a huge stone and blooms its flowers.

Tokyo is now in the middle of spring! Spring has been gradually coming to the northern part of Japan as well. There’s a large 360-year-old cherry blossom tree at the site of Morioka court in Morioka city, Iwate Prefecture. It was designated as natural treasure in 1923. The reason why this big tree became so famous isn’t only because it’s old, it also grows through the 21meter (circumference) granite stone and because of this it’s called the “Rock-breaking cherry tree” (石割桜).


Why has the tree grown through the rock’s crevices?

There are several rumors about it. Some say that the tree cracked through the rock while growing and others say that the tree had grown from the rock’s already existing crevice.
The most convincing theory, according to the old books, says that a lightening bolt hit the rock and cracked it, allowing the cherry blossom tree to grow through. It’s also said that after many years of growth, the root ultimately cracked the rock even more.


The tree keeps growing and the crevice keeps spreading.

Even though it is 360 years old, it still continues to grow. In the past 2 years the crevice has spread 5 cm, according to some data. It’s so surprising that the tree grows with such power, cracking this huge rock.

People in Iwate are proud of their rock-breaking cherry blossom tree. It blooms quicker than the other trees, representing the beginning of spring.
Spring will soon come in Northeastern Japan, so why not visit to feel this life force in Northeastern Japan?



9-1 Uchimaru, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture

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Address Inside of the Morioka court, 9-1 Uchimaru, Morioka, Iwate Prefecture
Hours 8:30~17:45 You can view it from the pavement anytime.
Access 20 min walk from JR Morioka station