Tenshochi, a municipal park in Kitakami, is located by the Kitakami River and renowned as one of the Three Best Cherry-Viewing Spots in Michinoku, along with Hirosaki in Aomori and Kakunodate in Akita.
In 1990, it was also selected as one of the 100 Best Cherry-Viewing Spots by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association.
There are about 10,000 cherry trees and 100,000 azaleas in the 29,300-m² park.
Starting at the Sangobashi Bridge, there is a promenade along the river lined with someiyoshino cherry trees over 80 years old, which bloom around mid- to late April.
Yamazakura and kasumizakura cherry trees on the surrounding hills come into bloom a little after the someiyoshino.
The Kitakami Tenshochi Cherry Blossom Festival is held annually from April to May.
In addition to cherry blossoms, you can enjoy an excursion boat ride, a carriage ride, and the view of colorful koinobori, or carp streamers, fluttering in the wind over the Kitakami River.
At night, the promenade of cherry trees is lit up.