The Takagi River in Matsushima, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi Prefecture Japan is a river constructed from the Edo period to the Meiji period as a drainage channel for Shinainuma pond reclamation. The Tsuruta River dives under the Yoshida River via the Yoshida River Siphon, changes its name to the Takagi River and pours into Matsushima Bay. There are Somei yoshino in the section from Yoshidagawa Siphon to Meiji burrow approximately 2km, and beautiful cherry blossoms are in full bloom along the river every April.
Takagi river Row of cherry trees in Miyagi Prefecture
History of the Takagi River that protected Shinainuma pond from flood damage
The Semboku Plain, which extends from Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture to Matsushima Town, is composed of lowlands and hills. There was Shinainuma pond, a swamp formed by the inflow of Yoshida river and Tsuruta rivers on the south side of the Naruse River separated by natural dikes.
The water from Shinainuma pond joined the Naruse River through the stream and flowed into Matsushima Bay. However, the Naruse River water will flow back to Shinainuma pond if the water increases due to heavy rain, etc., so during the rainy season the Shinainuma area was frequently hit by heavy floods.
Shinainuuma Reclamation began in 1673 to protect the Shinainuma area from this flood. Here, the reclamation project was carried out for about 300 years until the end of reclamation project in 1977.
In the early days of the reclamation project, two tunnels of 2578 m in length were dug over the course of about five years as a method of flowing the water of Shinainuma pond to Matsushima Bay. However, the accumulated sediment has been clogged in the tunnel of the genroku-senketsu, so it seems that it has undergone major repairs six times.
Still, the clogging of the earth and sand did not go away, so the flow of water worsened further, and heavy flooding began again every time it rained.
Therefore, a plan to create a new waterway was launched, and construction was started to dig a river with a width of 15 to 40 m and then flow the water from Shinainuma pond into Matsushima Bay again. It will be the Meiji-senketsu and the Takagi River, which are artificial rivers that were constructed in Meiji 39 and took 4 years.
In addition, construction of separating the Yoshida River from the Shinainuma pond and a Yoshida River siphon that made the Tsuruta River run under the Yoshida River and flow into the Takagi River. In 1977, there was a declaration of the reclamation project that announced the end of the construction, and it has a history of becoming a city free from major floods.
A row of cherry trees along the Takagi River.
On the Takashiro River, cherry trees are planted along the banks of about 2 km from the Yoshida River Siphon to the Meiji-Senketsu. This is a beautiful row of cherry blossom trees that can be seen well from the Sanuma Road along Route 346.
It is a famous cherry blossom spot known to people in this region, but it is a hidden cherry blossom viewing spot that is not well known throughout the prefecture and is hardly known nationwide.
If you know the history of the Takagi River and Shinainuma pond Reclamation, it’s a very interesting place, so you might want to stop by once.
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Location and access information
|Location||Tohoku Region/Hataya, matsushima town miyagi Prefecture Japan|
|Parking||Meiji senketsu park|
|Traffic access||30 minute walk from Shininuma Station
Matsushima Municipal Bus Kitamatsushima Line Get off at Tomita