At Kitakami Tenochi Cherry Blossom Festival, travelers can take in more than one mile of scenic views and hundreds of acres where more than 10,000 cherry trees bloom annually from mid-April to early May. The celebration at Kitakami Tenshochi Park is regarded as one of the premier cherry blossom festivals in all of Iwate Prefecture.
The festival offers visitors the opportunity to see and experience the cherry blossoms in a variety of ways, including by sightseeing river boats and by strolling the park at night when the cherry trees are illuminated. The most popular way to see the cherry blossoms is to explore the exhibition on foot first and then catch a horse-drawn carriage back to where you began.
In addition to the cherry blossom viewing, the festival features craft exhibits, live cultural performances and dancing, and cherry blossom sampling, where visitors can taste creations made from sakura blossoms.
Kitakami Tenbochi Park was established more than 100 years ago when more than 150 species of cherry trees were initially planted and cultivated. Decades later, travelers from around the world flock to Iwate Prefecture every spring to experience one of Japan’s best cherry blossom festivals.
How to get to the Kitakami Tenshochi Cherry Blossom Festival: From Kitakami Station, the Kitakami Tenshochi Cherry Blossom Festival is about a 20-minute walk.
• Location: 10 Chiwari Tachibana, Kitakami City, Iwate 024-0043