Kami, Miyagi

Kami (加美町, Kami-machi) is a town located in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. As of 31 May 2020, the town had an estimated population of 22,804 and a population density of 50 persons per km2 in 8119 households.[1] The total area of the town is 460.67 square kilometres (177.87 sq mi). .


Mount Funagata
Mount Funagata
Flag of Kami
Official seal of Kami
Location of Kami in Miyagi Prefecture
Location of Kami in Miyagi Prefecture
Kami is located in Japan
Coordinates: 38°34′18.3″N 141°51′17.3″E / 38.571750°N 141.854806°E / 38.571750; 141.854806Coordinates: 38°34′18.3″N 141°51′17.3″E / 38.571750°N 141.854806°E / 38.571750; 141.854806
 • Total460.67 km2 (177.87 sq mi)
 (May 2020)
 • Total22,804
 • Density50/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City symbols 
• TreeSiebold’s beech
• FlowerAsian skunk cabbage
• BirdGreen pheasant
• FishAyu
Phone number0229-63-3111
Address3-5 Nishida, Kami-chō, Kami-gun, Miyagi-ken 981-4292
WebsiteOfficial website
Kami Town Hall


Kami is located in west-central Miyagi Prefecture, bordered by Yamagata Prefecture to the west. Parts of the town are within the borders of the Funagata Renpō Prefectural Natural Park.

Neighboring municipalitiesEdit

Miyagi Prefecture

Yamagata Prefecture


The town has a climate characterized by cool summers and long cold winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Kami is 11.4 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1336 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 24.6 °C, and lowest in January, at around -0.8 °C.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Kami has declined over the past 60 years.

Historical population
1920 24,597—    
1930 28,484+15.8%
1940 30,569+7.3%
1950 37,895+24.0%
1960 37,054−2.2%
1970 31,693−14.5%
1980 30,996−2.2%
1990 30,184−2.6%
2000 28,330−6.1%
2010 25,527−9.9%


The area of present-day Kami was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jōmon period by the Emishi people. Kami District is mentioned in early Nara period records. Per the Shoku Nihongi, following a huge earthquake in the year 715 AD, a large number of people migrated to this area from the southern Kantō region, forming numerous fortified settlements. 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. Following the Meiji restoration, the town of Nakaniida was established within Kami District, Miyagi with the creation of the modern municipalities system.

The town of Kami was created on April 1, 2003, as a result of a merger between three towns, Miyazaki, Nakaniida, and Onoda, all from Kami District.


Kami has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral town council of 18 members. Kami, together with the rest of Kami District collectively contributes one seat to the Miyagi Prefectural legislature. In terms of national politics, the town is part of Miyagi 4th district of the lower house of the Diet of Japan.


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


Kami has nine 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.



  • Kami does not have any passenger railway service.


Local attractionsEdit

Noted people from KamiEdit


  1. ^ Kami town official statistics (in Japanese)
  2. ^ Kami climate data
  3. ^ Kami population statistics
  4. ^ "城生柵跡 じょうのさくあと". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.
  5. ^ "東山官衙遺跡 ひがしやまかんがいせき". Cultural Heritage Online (in Japanese). Agency for Cultural Affairs. Retrieved 25 December 2016.

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