No.47 Shimekake Cherry Tree at Churen-ji Temple

On the grounds of Churen-ji Temple stands a kasumizakura, a wild variety of sakura said to be 200 years old. The majestic tree stands 15 meters tall with branches spreading out from 16.4 to 17.4 meters. Kasumizakura are notable for their blossoms, which change from white at first bloom to pale pink. The ancient Churen-ji Temple was said to be founded in 833 by the monk Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi.


General information

Address 92-1 Aza Nakadai, Oami, Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture (山形県鶴岡市大網字中台92-1)
Peak bloom Early-to-mid-May
Access by train 45 minutes by bus from Tsuruoka Station on the Uetsu Main Line, get off at Oami bus stop, and then 20 minutes on foot
Access by car 15 minutes from Yamagata Expressway Shonai-Asahi IC