The Ishibe Cherry Tree appeared in the epic TV drama, "Yae no Sakura", featuring the Aizu-born Yae Niijima, who survived the Boshin Civil War and in Kyoto helped her husband, Joe Niijima, to found the first college for women in Japan nearly 140 years ago. Since the broadcasting, many visitors have asked: "Where is that cherry tree?"
The Ishibe Cherry Tree is said to be 650 years old, and was planted in the garden of Jibudayuu Ishibe, a chief retainer of the Ashina family in Aizu during the middle ages. Surrounded by rice fields, the magnificent tree stands with its 10 branches stretching as far as 20 meters. The best time to see it: mid to late April
|住所||Ishibe Yahata, Ikkimachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, 965-0003|
|アクセス||By Bus:15 minutes on foot from the Haikara-san/Akabe "Iimoriyama Shita" bus stop|