Kitakami ( is a 北上市 Kitakami-shi) city located in Iwate Prefecture on the main island of Japan.
History [ edit ]
The first city of Kitakami was founded on April 1, 1954. The current and the second city of Kitakami was founded on April 1, 1991 when the first city absorbed the villages of
Ezuriko and Waga (both from Waga District).
Sightseeing [ edit ]
The city is famous for the
sakura that bloom in Tenshochi Park, which is regarded as one of the hundred best places in Japan to view cherry blossoms.
Another hallmark of the city is
Oni Kenbai, a traditional sword dance where the dancers dress as demons, performed during the summer festivals, such as Kitakami Michinoku Traditional Dance Festival.
Kitakami also boasts a site that is reputed to be the grave of the famous
Heian period waka poet Izumi Shikibu.
Demographics [ edit ]
As of August 2005, the city has an estimated
population of 93,323 and a population density of 213.29 persons per km². The total area is 437.55 km².
Transportation [ edit ]
Kitakami is located on the
Tōhoku Shinkansen and the Tōhoku Main Line, both operated by East Japan Railway Company (JR East) connecting Tokyo and Aomori Prefecture.
Gallery [ edit ]
sakura in Tenshochi Park
Sister cities [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]