Kogota Yamanokami Shrine
Location of Misato in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||74.95 km2 (28.94 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2017)|
|• Density||331/km2 (860/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|- Tree||Flowering Dogwood|
|Address||13-banchi Kitaura Komagome, Misato-chō, Tōda-gun, Miyagi-ken 987-0005|
Misato (美里町 Misato-machi) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 May 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 29,810 in 9018 households, and a population density of 331 persons per km². The total area of the town is 74.95 square kilometres (28.94 sq mi).
Misato is located in north-central Miyagi Prefecture.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Misato has remained relatively stable over the past 40 years.
Misato has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Misato is 11.6 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1210 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.4 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.1 °C.
The area of present-day Misato was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. During the Kofun period, a settlement existed in what later became the village of Kogota. 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 it came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.
The villages of Kogota and Nangō were established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the modern municipalities system. Kogota was raised to town status on April 1, 1907. It annexed the town of Fudodo and the villages of Kitaura and Nakazone on April 1, 1954 and the village of Shikitama on August 1, 1954. Nangō was raised to town status on July 1, 1954. Misato was formed on January 1, 2006 by the merger of the towns of Kogota and Nangō.
The economy of Misato is largely based on agriculture, primarily the cultivation of rice.
Misato has six public elementary schools and three public junior high schools operated by the town government and two public high schools operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefecture also operates two special education schools.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Tōhoku Main Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Ishinomaki Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Rikuu East Line
Noted people from Misato
- Hiroshi Mitsuzuka – politician and cabinet minister
- MIsato town official home page (in Japanese)
- Misato population statistics
- Misato climate data
- City of Winona Sister-City Website
- "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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- Official Website (in Japanese)