Kogota Yamanokami Shrine
Location of Misato in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||74.95 km2 (28.94 sq mi)|
|Population (September 2015)|
|• Density||330/km2 (900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- 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 Tōda District, Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. As of May 2014, the town had an estimated population of 29,740 and a population density of 330 persons per km². The total area was 74.95 square kilometres (28.94 sq mi).
Misato is located in north-central Miyagi Prefecture.
The area of present-day Misato was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon period by the Emishi people. During the Nara period, gold was discovered in the area. 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 modern villages of Kogota and Nangō were established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the 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 elementary schools, three middle schools and two high schools, as well as 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
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