Miyagi Prefecture

Miyagi

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

Area 7,285.16 km2
Population 2,321,358 (June 2016)
Number of districts 10
Number of municipalities 35
ISO 3166 code JP-04
Official tree Japanese zelkova
Official flower Miyagi bush clover
Official bird Wild goose

Cities

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 January Large New Year’s Sale in Sendai
3-5 May Shiroishi Kokeshi Exhibition
In May The Aoba Festival of Suzume Odori (a traditional dance type)
In July The Shiogama Port Festival
6-8 August The Tanabata Festival in Sendai

 

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

In September The Narugo Kokeish Festival
In December Pageant 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.

IATA: SDJ

ICAO: RJSS

Railway access

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