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Kitakami Tenshochi is a famous sakura spot in Iwate prefecture. The number of sakura trees that bloom in spring is as high as 10,000 and the 250-odd species of sakura make up a remarkable avenue. The blooming period is a little late compared to Tokyo and Osaka. The sakura can be enjoyed well into late April. The Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival that is held with the start of the blooming period is also gorgeous and has many events. It is a famous sakura spot that attracts over 500,000 people every year.
- Tachibana, Kitakami-shi, Iwate
- Contact No.
- About 20-min walk from JR Kitakami Station From JR Kitakami Station, take a bus towards either Esashi Bus Center or Kumazawa for about 15 min and get off at "Tenshochi." Immediate walking distance from here.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 90 minutes
- Admission fee
- Best time to see
- Forecast for blooming: 4/15 Forecast for full bloom (peak): 4/23～
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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Enjoy Sakura from a Horse Carriage
Horse carriages start strolling around Kitakami Tenshochi with the start of the sakura blooming period. There is a distinct charm to the sakura while being driven slowly in a horse carriage. Why not have a good time being carried comfortably in between the fully blossoming sakura? (Fee for adults over middle school 500 yen, elementary school children 300 yen, free for pre-school children)
Avenue of Sakura
Over 90 years old, somei yoshino sakura trees stretch across an avenue of about 2 km along the Kitakami river. As you look up, there is a tunnel of sakura as if to cover the sky. Once the petals start falling, they can be seen swirling and shining beautifully with the sun's reflection.
Koinobori and Sakura
The koinobori have become a specialty of the sakura festival. Koinobori is a Japanese tradition of wishing for the health of young boys and about 300 koinobori (carp streamers) flutter in the wind on the Kitakami river. It is a view that can be seen here because of the later blooming of sakura in Kitakami, compared to other regions.
Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival
The Kitakami Tenshochi Sakura Festival is held every year between mid April and early May, depending on the blooming date. There are many events held during this period, however, the most recommended is "Kurosawajiri Kabuki Sakura Dochu." Oiran (ladies in kimono) in gorgeous costumes entertain hanami visitors while walking through the sakura avenue.