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Friday, April 6, 2012

Usuzumi Sakura Cherry Blossom

Usuzumi Sakura is one of the oldest cherry blossom trees in Japan and is said to have been planted in 487 AD. It can be found in Neo village, which is located amongst the beautiful mountains of Gifu Prefecture.

The tree is said to be one of the three largest cherry blossom trees in Japan and is reported to be the oldest cherry blossom tree in Japan. This unique cherry blossom initially sprouts pale pink flowers, which become white in full bloom. The tree has been appointed as a National Natural Monument of Japan and is one of the great places to visit in Gifu Prefecture.

Here is a picture of the magnificent tree, which is over 1,500 years old, stands 17.2 meters in height, and 9.2 meters in circumference.

Usuzumi Sakura

There are also many other magnificent cherry blossoms in the area and park around Usuzumi Sakura and there is a lot to do and see there.




16 comments:

  1. Whoa, that is an awesome cherry tree!

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    1. Thanks StarBrooke, It is not the most outward beautiful tree out there but is amazing and beautiful due to its age and size. It is such an icon in Gifu and a National Natural Monument of Japan :)

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  2. wow that's amazing how old it is but it's still so beautiful :o

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    1. Thanks Joanna, It is really amazing and so beautiful that I still enjoy seeing it nearly every spring :)

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  3. Magnificent! May it live 10 000 years!

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    1. Thanks Rurousha, It is truly magnificent and they are trying to support and protect it so it survives another 10,000 years :)

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  4. Truly Magnificent and Beautiful, Makes me want to hop on a plane.

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    1. Thanks Fabrice, Couldn't have said it better myself. It is a great time to be in Japan :)

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  5. Both the blossoms and the history behind the tree makes is so much more aawe-inspiring. Lovely. :)

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    1. Thanks Lina, Yes, the cherry blossom and history make it an icon of the area and that is why we pay our respects every time we can during the spring :)

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  6. I would love to see that, in fact any sakura tree would make me happy! One day I will see one for sure.

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I'm sure you will make it there some day and the wait will be worth it :)

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  7. Such beautiful pictures!! I have never been to Gifu but it looks like it is sure worth a visit!

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    1. Thanks Daphne, It is a special place and I would recommend Gifu Prefecture to any keen traveller to Japan. Gifu has some of the must see places in Japan including Takayama and Shirakawago.

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  8. Whoaaa. I saw this tree on my way to Hida-Takayama. It's so huge!!!!

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    1. Thanks Ganies, Yeah, it is very impressive and I really like the area and mountains around Neo Village. Hida Takayama is also one of my favourite places in Japan. Did you stop by Gero Onsen on the way up there?

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