Rock-Breaking Cherry Tree

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Rock-Breaking Cherry Tree
The ancient Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree in 2005

The Rock-Breaking (or Rock-Splitting) Cherry Tree (石割桜, Ishiwarizakura) is an approximately 400-year-old cherry tree growing out of a crack in a granite boulder in front of the district courthouse in Morioka, the capital of Iwate Prefecture in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. It is a ten-minute walk from Morioka Station.

The tree measures 4.3 meters around the base, and is approximately 10 meters in height. It was proclaimed a Natural Treasure of Japan in 1923.[1]


  1. ^ "Ishiwarizakura ( The Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree ) ( Morioka City )". A Trip to Iwate. Iwate Prefecture Tourism Portal. Retrieved 28 March 2017.

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Media related to Ishiwari-zakura at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 39°42′14″N 141°09′04″E / 39.70389°N 141.15111°E / 39.70389; 141.15111

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