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Shonai TownTourist site Karikawa area

Karikawa, a pioneer in Japanese wind power generation.

Karikawa is located slightly north of the center of Shonai Town. It has prospered through wind power generation that leverages the stormy "Kiyokawa Dashi," one of the three gustiest winds in Japan. There are many sites to see, including Windome Tachikawa, a facility that promotes understanding of wind and wind power generation; Kitadate Shrine, which enshrines Toshinaga Kitadatedaigaku who dug the Kitadate Dam (the cornerstone of rice production in Shonai Plain); and Tateyama Park, a site well-known for beautiful cherry blossoms.

Shonai Town Tourist site  Karikawa area

A list of tourist sites

  • Mikazawa no Chichi Icho (prefecturally designated cultural property)

    This ginkgo tree standing on Reiki-in Temple grounds is a prefecturally designated cultural property (natural monument). Because many "breast-shaped" large and small branches hang down from the bra...

  • Wind Turbine Village

    A place where both adults and children can enjoy, such as the learning facility "Windome Tachikawa" for understanding the wind and wind power generation, the battery car popular with children, the ...

  • Erosion Control Resource Center (in the Tachiyazawa River Erosion Control Branch Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)

    This facility was completed in 1988 to compile technologies, data, and information on erosion control practiced for half a century in the Shinjo Construction Office, Ministry of Land, Infrastructur...

  • Byakkosan Kosho Temple

    This is one of the 33 Kannon Pilgrimage places in Shonai. Many people from around Japan make the pilgrimage to the temple. It was said that in 861 when a monk was staying at Mt. Haguro, he establis...

  • Kitadate Shrine

    Toshinaga Kitadatedaigaku, who led construction of Kitadate Dam, is enshrined as a water god. A festival is held here each year from May 1–3. In addition, various leather strap armor bindings and a...

  • Kitadate Sabo Dam

    The dam was constructed in 1612 under the supervision of Toshinaga Kitadatedaigaku, the lord of Karikawa. The construction prompted the development of expansive new rice fields and new villages, fo...

  • Kenryu Temple

    This temple was constructed in 1565. On the temple grounds is a tower to praise the achievements of Kitadatedaigaku, a stela to commemorate a visit by the Emperor Meiji, and the grave of Kitadateda...

  • Banzeizan Reigan Temple

    This is a branch temple of Soon Temple in Tsuruoka that was established in the Bunroku era (1592–1595). At the time of its construction, it was of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, but later converted t...

  • Aranabeuchikawa Noson Park

    This park was constructed on land said to be home to the Aranabe kappa (mythical water-dwelling creature). Does the kappa, Heikichi and a family of kappa from Tono City, Iwate Prefecture live here?

  • Kenshoji Temple

    350 years ago, the traveling monk, Enku went out on a journey and continued to carve statues for people suffering from calamities such as natural disasters and famine. The Enku-butsu are characteri...


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