1=Aeon Rifu, 2=Miyagi Athletic Park Gymnasium, Kaseinuma Park, 3=Shinkansen Maintenance Center, Rifu Station, 4=Miyagi Stadium
Location of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture
|• Total||44.89 km2 (17.33 sq mi)|
|Population (July 31, 2017)|
|• Density||807.5/km2 (2,091/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Live oak|
|- Flower||Nashi pear|
|Address||Rifu Shinnamimatsu 4, Rifu-chō, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-0112|
Rifu (利府町 Rifu-chō) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 July 2017[update], the town had an estimated population of 36,251, and a population density of 807.5 persons per km² in 13,168 households. The total area of the town is 44.89 square kilometres (17.33 sq mi). Rifu is known for its nashi pears. Recently, wine and candy made from nashi pears have been developed in the town.
Rifu is located in east-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by Sendai metropolis to the south and by Matsushima Bay to the east.
Per Japanese census data, the population of Rifu has increased over the past 40 years.
Rifu has a humid climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) characterized by mild summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Rifu is 11.9 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1237 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.
The area of present-day Rifu was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. With the establishment of Tagajō in the Nara period, Rifu was part of the central Yamato colonization area in the region. 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 village of Rifu was established on June 1, 1889 with post-Meiji restoration establishment of the modern municipalities system. It was raised to town status on October 1, 1967.
Rifu has six 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. The prefecture also operates one special education school.
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Tōhoku Main Line
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East) – Senseki Line
- Sanriku Expressway: Rifu-Shiogama, Rifu-Naka, Matsushima-Kaigan interchanges; Rifu junction
- North Sendai Expressway: Rifu junction, Rifu-Shirakashidai interchange
- National Route 45
- Miyagi Stadium
- Site of Rifu Castle
Sister city relations
Noted people from Rifu
- Rifu town official statistics(in Japanese)
- Rifu population statistics
- Rifu climate data
- "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)