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1=Aeon Rifu, 2=Miyagi Athletic Park Gymnasium, Kaseinuma Park, 3=Shinkansen Maintenance Center, Rifu Station, 4=Miyagi Stadium
1=Aeon Rifu, 2=Miyagi Athletic Park Gymnasium, Kaseinuma Park, 3=Shinkansen Maintenance Center, Rifu Station, 4=Miyagi Stadium
Flag of Rifu
Official seal of Rifu
Location of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Rifu in Miyagi Prefecture
Rifu is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°19′58.3″N 140°58′37.8″E / 38.332861°N 140.977167°E / 38.332861; 140.977167Coordinates: 38°19′58.3″N 140°58′37.8″E / 38.332861°N 140.977167°E / 38.332861; 140.977167
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Miyagi
 • Total 44.89 km2 (17.33 sq mi)
Population (July 31, 2017)
 • Total 36,251
 • Density 807.5/km2 (2,091/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Live oak
- Flower Nashi pear
Phone number 022-767-2111
Address Rifu Shinnamimatsu 4, Rifu-chō, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-0112
Website http://www.town.rifu.miyagi.jp/
Rifu town hall

Rifu (利府町, Rifu-chō) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 July 2017, the town had an estimated population of 36,251, and a population density of 807.5 persons per km² in 13,168 households.[1] 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.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]


Per Japanese census data,[2] the population of Rifu has increased over the past 40 years.

Census Year Population
1970 8,031
1980 11,201
1990 16,321
2000 29,848
2010 33,944


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.[3]


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.


The economy of Rifu is largely based on agriculture, primarily horticulture and the cultivation of rice. East Japan Railway Company's Sendai Shinkansen maintenance depot is located in Rifu.


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.




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Noted people from Rifu[edit]


  1. ^ Rifu town official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ Rifu population statistics
  3. ^ Rifu climate data
  4. ^ "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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