Tenshochi (Kitakami City Park Tenshochi)
Tenshochi is located by the serene Kitakami River. It’s famous for being one of the leading cherry blossom viewing spots in Tohoku. Here, 10,000 mainly Somei-Yoshino cherry trees, which reach full bloom in late April, attract tons of visitors every year. The cherry tree avenue stretches out for 2 km from Sangobashi (bridge) and has been listed as one of "Japan’s Top 100 spots for viewing cherry blossoms."
In addition to the cherry trees, 100,000 vivid azaleas also color the area. Tenshochi Park has an area of 300 hectares and is blessed with abundant trees and beautiful scenery like colored leaves in fall. A walk down the avenue is also quite pleasant anytime throughout the year.
cherry bloosom in spring
beautiful azaleas in late spring
colored leaves in fall
cold winter by the Kitakami River
The views are marvelous and the cherry-tree avenue along the Kitakami River can be viewed from the top of Jingaoka (hill).
At the end of the cherry tree avenue lies Tenshochi Rest House. The large white building gets its design from a rice granary that was used back when hiratabune (shipping boat) transported goods along the Kitakami River.
Tenshochi Rest House
During the Edo era, the biggest port on the Kitakami River was in Kurosawajiri (now Kitakami city). As a passage port between the upper and lower parts of the Kitakami River, hiratabune sent rice shipments to Edo (now Tokyo). Today, Tenshochi Rest House has two hiratabune which have been restored. They are still kept in the cove. There is also a restaurant and a souvenir shop inside Tenshochi Rest House. The restaurant serves seasonal dishes using local fresh vegetables as well as local dishes such as handmade noodles and pounded rice. The shop also sells local specialties of Kitakami.
Also located in Tenshochi is the Kitakami Yakyokuhi (Kitakami Serenade Monument). This monument is devoted to a sad song that was sung by locals during the war and postwar. Later, the song became popular all over Japan. The song’s lyrics were inscribed into the monument in 1974 by the lyricist and composer himself. If you push the button near the monument, the song will play.
There is a bridge called "Sangobashi” (length: 253.8m Width: 5.5m) over the Kitakami River on the way to Tenshochi park from the central Kitakami. This bridge has a history of 104 years and was used be a toll bridge. The bridge needed to be repaired several times because it was built by wood and easy to be destroyed by natural disaster. It was rebuilt with the present material and form 16 years ago.
|Address||14-21 Tachibana Kitakami-shi Iwate 024-0043
|Tel||0197-64-2110 ( Tenshochi Rest House )|
|Fax||0197-64-2210 ( Tenshochi Rest House )|
By a local bus
( from the west exit Kitakami station )
Get on the on bound for 【Iwakuro・Kumazawa】and get it off at 【Sangobashi】or 【Tenshochi】.
※The line Kumazawa doesn't run on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
By a car
( from the Kitakami Ezuriko I.C. of Tohoku Expressway )
|It takes about 16 min.|
( As of October 2011 )