Japan’s Kayashima Station is built around a 700-year-old tree.

Photo Credit: Spoon and Tamago

Photo Credit: Spoon and Tamago

When town officials planned to cut down the camphor tree, which is associated with a local deity, there was public outcry.

Photo Credit: Studio Ohana

Rumors began to spread about the tree being angry and cursing anyone who touched it.

Photo Credit: Studio Ohana

Station officials didn’t want to tempt fate, so they altered their plan and built the train platform around the tree. They even surrounded it with a small shrine that commuters can visit.

Photo Credit: Studio Ohana

In the end, the locals – and the tree – were content.

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