Tomiya, Miyagi

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Tomiya
富谷市
City
Left: Okameyama Shinrin Park; Right: View from Symphony Tower, Uchigasaki Shozo, Kame Sugi
Left: Okameyama Shinrin Park; Right: View from Symphony Tower, Uchigasaki Shozo, Kame Sugi
Flag of Tomiya
Flag
Official seal of Tomiya
Seal
Location of Tomiya in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Tomiya in Miyagi Prefecture
Tomiya is located in Japan
Tomiya
Tomiya
 
Coordinates: 38°24′N 140°53′E / 38.400°N 140.883°E / 38.400; 140.883Coordinates: 38°24′N 140°53′E / 38.400°N 140.883°E / 38.400; 140.883
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
Area
 • Total 49.18 km2 (18.99 sq mi)
Population (May 31, 2017)
 • Total 52,491
 • Density 1,067/km2 (2,760/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Pine
- Flower Chrysanthemum
Phone number 022-345-1111
Address 30 Tomiyasaka Matsuda, Tomiya-shi, Miyagi-ken 981-3392
Website Official website
Tomiya City Hall

Tomiya (富谷市, Tomiya-shi) is a city located in central Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of 31 May 2017, the city had an estimated population of 52,491 and a population density of 1,067 persons per km² in 18,831 households[1]. The total area of the city was 49.18 square kilometres (18.99 sq mi).

Geography[edit]

Tomiya is located in central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by the Sendai metropolis to the south. The city has a climate characterized by cool summers and long cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Tomiya is 12.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1251 mm with September as the wettest month.The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.8 °C, and lowest in January, at around 0.6 °C.[2]

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Tomita has expanded rapidly over the past 20 years.

Census Year Population
1970 4,912
1980 13,930
1990 24,611
2000 35,909
2010 47,042

History[edit]

The area of present-day Tomiya was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. 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. During the Edo period, Tomiya was a post town on the Ōshū Kaidō highway connecting Edo with northern Japan.

The village of Tomiya was created on April 1, 1889 with the post-Meiji restoration establishment of the modern municipalities system. It was raised to town status on April 1, 1963 and raised to city status on October 10, 2016.

Government[edit]

Tomita has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 20 members.

Economy[edit]

Tomiya has a mixed economy with five industrial parks, but is also noted for its production of blueberries and bean sprouts. The city is also a bedroom community for the neighboring metropolis of Sendai.

Education[edit]

Tomita has eight public elementary schools and five middle schools operated by the city government, and one public high school operated by the Miyagi Prefectural Board of Education. The prefectural also operations one special education school.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Tomiya is not currently served by any passenger railway lines.

Highway[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Tomiya, Miyagi at Wikimedia Commons