CAPE TACHIMACHI (“YOKO-USHI” ORIGINAL AINU PLACE NAME)
TACHIMACHI is derived from the Ainu name for this cape “YOKOUCHI.” YOKOUSHI means “the place where people stand and wait to catch fish.” The present Japanese name is thus a translation of the Ainu words, YOKO (to stand and wait for prey to come) and USHI (place), thus, the Japanese “Tachi” “Machi.”
At the end of the 18th century when Ezochi (Hokkaido) became a place under the direct control of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the shogunate built a fort in this area. During World War II, citizens were prohibited to enter this mountain area because of the Fortified Zone Law.
Currently, many tourists visit here as a scenic spot to command a great view of the Tsugaru Straits. The poem monument of Yosano Hiroshi & Akiko and the tomb of the Ishikawa Takuboku family can be found very near here.