Natori City is located in the south-central area of Miyagi Prefecture, along the Pacific Ocean. About 76,000 people live in the Natori plains, also called the Sendai plains, “Takadate” hill, and “Medeshima” hill. The Natori river, a class A river, flows from the “Oou” mountain range, and “Yuriage” is situated at the estuary of the river. There is a lot of cultural and historical heritage; for example, the “Natori Kumano Sanja” (Three Shinto Shrines), and the “Raijinyama” ancient burial mound. Moreover, Sendai Airport, serving as the gateway for the Tohoku region, as well as Route 4, the Tohoku bullet train, and the JR Tohoku line run through the city. Nature, […]

Natori’s Mascot

The Name of Natori City’s mascot is “Carna-kun”  Who has a carnation flower on his head. His name is derived from carnation flower and Natori. His body is designed as an“N”, the first letter of Natori.   Profile of Carna-kun Favorites: Airplane, Sushi with Yuriage ark shell Dream: To becomes a pilot Talent: Flying a paper airplane “Everyone come and give me a lot of support, okay!?”   A project to develop a new version of “Carna-kun” started in May 2014 at the Akizuki seminar in Shokei Gakuin University, Department of Culture and Communication Activities. Visit us at

The History of Natori

An abundance of history remains in Natori City. ・The Tumulus period in the 4th century: The famous “Raijinyama Kofun” is one of the biggest ancient burial mounds in Tohoku. ・During the middle of Heian period: several memorials honoring the court noble, Lieutenant General “Fujiwara Ason Sanetaka” who is said to be the model of the leading character in “The Tale of Genji”, still remain. ・The late “Heian” era: “Natori Kumano” Sanzan’s, “three Kumano Grand Shrines”; “Hongu”, “Shingu”, and “Nachisha” deities were ceremonially distributed to the northeastern foot of “Takadate” hills from their origin in Kii, which is now Wakayama and a part of Mie Prefecture. ・”Azuma Kaido”: A main road […]

Restoration from the Disaster

The coastal area of Natori City was destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake & Tsunami on March 11th, 2011. Notably in “Yuriage”, where the area had been flourishing as a port town since before the “Edo” era, many people were killed. Sendai Airport, the Tohoku gateway, located near the Pacific coast was also washed away and was unable to function. Because there were buildings lower than the tsunami in the coastal area, and the land was flat, many people died in the tsunami. Now, a group which gives information on the “Yuriage” Earthquake Disaster is trying to spread their knowledge and experience nationwide to the next generation to prevent […]

Special Regional Products

You can enjoy various local products which were grown in the abundant nature of Natori. Some of the most famous products to mention are: ark shells from “Yuriage”, Japanese parsley known as Sendai Seri, “Myoga-take” (Zingiber mioga), melon from “Kitakama”, and bamboo shoots from “Medeshima”. The “Takayanagi” area ranks first in the production of carnation flowers in the Tohoku region.