Kami, Miyagi

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Mount Funagata
Mount Funagata
Flag of Kami
Official seal of Kami
Location of Kami in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Kami in Miyagi Prefecture
Kami is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°34′18.3″N 141°51′17.3″E / 38.571750°N 141.854806°E / 38.571750; 141.854806Coordinates: 38°34′18.3″N 141°51′17.3″E / 38.571750°N 141.854806°E / 38.571750; 141.854806
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Kami
 • Total 460.67 km2 (177.87 sq mi)
Population (May 2017)
 • Total 24,004
 • Density 52.1/km2 (135/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City symbols  
• Tree Siebold’s beech
• Flower Asian skunk cabbage
• Bird Green pheasant
• Fish Ayu
Phone number 0229-63-3111
Address 3-5 Nishida, Kami-chō, Kami-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-4292
Website Official website
Kami Town Hall

Kami (加美町, Kami-machi) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of 31 May 2017, the town had an estimated population of 24,004 and a population density of 52.1 persons per km2 in 8014 households[1]. The total area of the town was 460.67 square kilometres (177.87 sq mi). .


Kami is located in west-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the west. Parts of the town are within the borders of the Funagata Renpō Prefectural Natural Park. The town has a climate characterized by cool summers and long cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Kami is 11.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1336 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.8 °C.[2]

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Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kami has declined over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 31,693
1980 30,996
1990 30,184
2000 28,330
2010 25,527


The area of present-day Kami was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. Kami District is mentioned in early Nara period records. During later portion of the Heian period, the area was ruled by the Northern Fujiwara. During the Sengoku period, the area was contested by various samurai clans before the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The modern town of Kami was created on April 1, 2003, as a result of a merger between three towns, Miyazaki, Nakaniida, and Onoda, all from Kami District.


The economy of Kami is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice.


Kami has nine public elementary schools and three public junior high schools operated by the town government. The town has one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education.



  • Kami is not currently served by any passenger railway lines.


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