Ōsaki, Miyagi

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upper:Furukawa festival, Kashima-dai middle:Kejonuma Leisure Land, Furukawa Station lower:Naruko Dam, Mount Kagoho
upper:Furukawa festival, Kashima-dai
middle:Kejonuma Leisure Land, Furukawa Station
lower:Naruko Dam, Mount Kagoho
Flag of Ōsaki
Official seal of Ōsaki
Location of Ōsaki in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Ōsaki in Miyagi Prefecture
Ōsaki is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°34′37.6″N 140°57′20.1″E / 38.577111°N 140.955583°E / 38.577111; 140.955583Coordinates: 38°34′37.6″N 140°57′20.1″E / 38.577111°N 140.955583°E / 38.577111; 140.955583
 • MayorYasushi Ito
 • Total796.76 km2 (307.63 sq mi)
 (September 2015)
 • Total132,930
 • Density167/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
- TreeRose
- FlowerFlowering Dogwood
Phone number0229-23-2111
Address1-1 Furukawa Nanokamachi, Ōsaki-shi, Miyagi-ken 989-6188
Ōsaki City Hall

Ōsaki (大崎市, Ōsaki-shi) is a city located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 28 February 2017, the city had an estimated population of 132,930, and a population density of 167 persons per km². The total area of the city is 796.76 square kilometres (307.63 sq mi). Ōsaki is a member of the World Health Organization’s Alliance for Healthy Cities (AFHC).[1]


Ōsaki is in north-central Miyagi Prefecture in the northern Sendai Plain.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Mutsu has a maritime climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Ōsaki is 11.5 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1249 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 -0.6 °C.[2]


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

Census Year Population
1970 126,057
1980 130,266
1990 135,208
2000 139,313
2010 135,147


The area of present-day Ōsaki was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon 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 the area came under the control of the Date clan of Sendai Domain during the Edo period, under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The town of Furukawa was established with the creation of the municipalities system on April 1, 1889. It was raised to city status on December 15, 1950.

The modern city of Ōsaki was established on March 31, 2006, from the merger of the city of Furukawa absorbed the towns of Iwadeyama and Naruko (both from Tamatsukuri District), the towns of Kashimadai, Matsuyama and Sanbongi (all from Shida District), and the town of Tajiri (from Tōda District).


Ōsaki has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 30 members.


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


  • Miyagi Seishin Junior College
  • Ōsaki has 30 elementary public schools, 11 public junior high schools operated by the city government. There are five public high schools, and one combined public middle/high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education and two private high schools and one combined private middle/high school. The prefecture also operates one special education school.




Local attractions[edit]

Sister city relations[edit]

Noted people from Ōsaki[edit]


  1. ^ Alliance for Healthy Cities official home page
  2. ^ Ōsaki climate data
  3. ^ Ōsaki population statistics
  4. ^ Kunkle, Tara (March 25, 2009). "Middletown Sister Cities With Furukawa/Osaki City". Middletown Community News. Middletown USA official home page. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  5. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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