Miyagi Prefecture

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The Miyagi Prefecture is located on the eastern coast of Honshu, in the Tōhoku region.

The area around the prefecture’s capital Sendai is rather flat and low-laying, while tall mountains are found in the western part of the prefecture and along the north-eastern coast. The Oshika Peninsula projects into the Pacific Ocean in a south-eastern direction from the northern coast.

One of the most well-visited places in the Miyagi Prefecture is Matsushima, a bay dotted with over 250 small pine-clad islands and islets. Matsushima is considered one of the Three Views of Japan, and cruise boats are available for tourists who want to see the islands up close.

Short facts about the Miyagi Prefecture

Area7,285.16 km2
Population2,321,358 (June 2016)
Number of districts10
Number of municipalities35
ISO 3166 codeJP-04
Official treeJapanese zelkova
Official flowerMiyagi bush clover
Official birdWild goose


There are 14 cities in the Miyagi Prefecture:Miyagi

  • Higashimatsushima
  • Ishinomaki
  • Iwanuma
  • Kakuda
  • Kesennuma
  • Kurihara
  • Natori
  • Ōsaki
  • Sendai (the prefecture’s capital and largest city)
  • Shiogama
  • Shiroishi
  • Tagajō
  • Tome

Examples of festivals and other notable events

When? What?
2 JanuaryLarge New Year’s Sale in Sendai
3-5 MayShiroishi Kokeshi Exhibition
In MayThe Aoba Festival of Suzume Odori (a traditional dance type)
In JulyThe Shiogama Port Festival
6-8 AugustThe Tanabata Festival in Sendai


Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival.

In SeptemberThe Narugo Kokeish Festival
In DecemberPageant of Starlight in Sendai

Natural parks

National Parks & Quasi-National Parks

The Rikuchū Kaigan National Park (in 2013 the park was incorporated into Sanriku Fukkō National Park).

The Kurikoma Quasi-National Park

The Minami Sanriku Kinkasan Quasi-National Park

The Zaō Quasi-National Parks

Prefectural Natural Parks

  • Abukuma Keikoku
  • Asahiyama
  • Funagata Renpō
  • Futakuchi Kyōkoku
  • Kenjōsan Mangokuura
  • Kesennuma
  • Matsushima
  • Zaō Kōgen

The Sendai Airport

The Sendai Aiport is an international airport located in Natori, roughly 14 km from Sendai.



Railway access

From the airport, you can travel by railway on the Sendai Airport Line to downtown Sendai. The trip takes about 25 minutes.