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


Coordinates: 38°19′50″N 140°58′30″E / 38.33056°N 140.97500°E / 38.33056; 140.97500Coordinates: 38°19′50″N 140°58′30″E / 38.33056°N 140.97500°E / 38.33056; 140.97500
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Miyagi
District Miyagi
  Total 44.89 km2 (17.33 sq mi)
Population (September 2015)
  Total 354,769
  Density 797/km2 (2,060/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 Official website
Rifu town hall

Rifu (利府町 Rifu-chō) is a town located in Miyagi District, Miyagi Prefecture, in the Tōhoku region of northern Japan. As of September 2015, the town had an estimated population of 35,769 and a population density of 797 persons per km². The total area was 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


The area of present-day Rifu was part of ancient Mutsu Province, and has been settled since at least the Jomon 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 modern village of Rifu was established on June 1, 1889 with the establishment of the 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 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school, as well as one special education school.




Local attractions

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Noted people from Rifu


  1. "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015.
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