3 Million Irises
The Tagajo Ruins Iris Park is the largest such park in Tohoku; it features 800 varieties and 3 million blossoms. During peak season, a spectacular carpet of violet, indigo, and sapphire spreads as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season, the cute purple irises bloom as raindrops trickle off their petals and leaves. Each year, in mid- to late June, the Tagajo Ruins Iris Festival is held there for a weekend. Visitors can enjoy local performing arts and engage in many activities, such as trying on traditional garments and buying local gourmet foods.
Peak season is very busy, so at that time, it is best to access the venue by train or bus.
ADDRESS Tateishi, Ichikawa, Tagajo
PERIOD Mid to late June
Using local guides, we provide many tours that let you discover and experience
the wonders of Japan lying hidden in the “everyday” of the nearby area.
Along with the Heijo Palace Remains in Nara Prefecture and the Dazaifu Remains in Fukuoka Prefecture, the Tagajo Remains comprise one of the Three Great Historic Remains of Japan. Many ruins, shrines, and temples in addition to the Tagajo Monument, which is one of Japan’s three ancient monuments, and a monument that Matsuo Basho is said to have visited in The Narrow Road to the Deep North remain here. Why not take a tour around the Tohoku region’s ancient political capital and experience the romance of history?
All eyes are on a new gourmet food brand that is tied into the history of Tagajo!
General Incorporated Association Chiganoura Kaze Community／Noriaki Tsugawa
Founded in the Nara period, Tagajo is a historic town that developed as the capital of Mutsu Province. Here, you can engage with history that comes right from the textbooks in places such as the Tohoku History Museum, with exhibits that cover the Tohoku region from the Paleolithic period to the modern day, and the special historic sites of the Taga Castle Ruins, the Tagajo Temple Ruins, and the Tatemae Ruins. Also, volunteer guides lead a tour around the poetry monuments to tanka and haiku writers such as Matsuo Basho and the monument around the Teizan Canal, which Date Masamune left. I am in charge of promoting the Shiro no Murasaki brand, a new gourmet food brand from Tagajo that makes products by using ancient varieties of rice. The brand’s products are available in stores across the city, so come and taste this quality produce that is intertwined with the history of the area.
The main crop in Tagajo is rice, but the cultivation of vegetables, flowers, and fruits is also extensive. Tagajo produces a wide range of specialty produce—including ancient rice (black rice), which is a variety that is close to the original rice species; Chojuro nashi pears; and tropical orchids. In particular, the Shiro no Murasaki brand, which produces items with ancient rice, has created a variety of products—including rice, sake, and confectioneries.
Tagajo offers many spots where you can get in touch with nature as well as Jomon-era archeological sites and cultural assets. Enjoy a walk through nature as you experience Tagajo’s history and culture. Kasenuma pond features cherry blossoms in spring and colored autumn leaves in the fall, while, from late June to early July, the Tagajo Castle Ruins’ Ayame Park has a riotous display of irises, with three million flowers of 650 varieties in bloom.
Oono no Azumabito
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Oono no Azumabito was a court noble and soldier. After the Emishi rebellion of 720, he founded Taga Castle as a base for the settlement of northern Japan.
From Sendai Station
【TRAIN】 From Sendai Station approx. 20 minutes to Tagajo Station on the JR Senseki Line
From Sendai Airport
【TRAIN】 From Sendai Airport approx. 60 minutes total to Sendai Station on the Sendai Airport Access Line and then on to Tagajo Station on the JR Senseki Line