The 2,000-year-old cherry tree

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Yamataka Jindai Sakura is the oldest cherry blossom tree in Fusang and was recognized as a national natural treasure in 1922.

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Japan has three famous old cherry trees: Miharu Takizakura (1,000 years old) in Fukushima, Usuzumi Sakura (500 years old) in Gifu and Yamataka Jindai Zakura (2,000 years old) in Yamanashi. Legend has it that the 2,000-year-old cherry tree was planted by Japan’s 12th emperor in the Jisso temple grounds.
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According to the abbot of Jisso temple, the 2,000-year-old cherry tree was nearly dead in the 12th century. At that time, great master Nichiren came to pray to the Buddha and the tree exists today. Currently, in Jisso temple there is still a statue of great master Nichiren.
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The Yamataka Jindai Zakura cherry tree is about 14 meters high, and the canopy spreads to 27 meters wide. This old cherry tree belongs to the Edohigan variety. This plant grows in abundance in the old Edo region, now in the Kanto region.
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In 1922, the Jindai Zakura tree was recognized as a national natural treasure. Jisoo Temple becomes a tourist attraction every time the cherry blossom season.
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The cherry tree that represents Japan is a variety named Somei Yoshino. Most Somei Yoshino sakura trees are under 100 years old.
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Every year, Yamanashi prefecture holds a famous cherry blossom viewing festival. Tourists often visit Hokuto city to admire the thousand-year-old cherry trees in bloom.
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Hokuto city is about 130 km from Tokyo. Tourists take more than 1 hour to move here. The best time to admire the cherry blossoms is from March to April every year.

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