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, history and contemporary technology are integrated to make this city attractive. Since 2011, the economic magazine “Toyo-Keizai” has ranked Natori City as the most livable city in the Hokkaido and the Tohoku regions for four consecutive years.
On the hill, there is the "Takadate" sanctuary and "Goshazan" mountain that has a nature observation path where you can see wild animals and observe plants in their natural habitat. There are also many parks in the city, so you can be in direct contact with nature.
Culture & History
The biggest historical landmark in the Tohoku region, the "Raijinyama" ancient burial mound, more than 60 "Takatsuka-kofun" tumuli, and over 100 large "Kumanodo" tunnel tombs are in the city. "Natori Kumano Sanja" (Three Shinto Shrines) which used to be the center of propaganda due to its association with the "Kumano" worship, consists of the "Kumano-Shingusha" Shinto Shrine, the "Hongusha" Shinto Shrine, and the "Nachi-taisha" Shinto Shrine which are also located in Natori City. There are traces of several ruins of Medieval castles such as the "Takadate" ruins on the western hills where the old main road "Azuma Kaido" runs. Along the main road, there are other historic spots such as the grave of the Lieutenant General, "Fujiwara Ason Sanetaka".
There are also many kinds of folk entertainment called Kagura, a religious Shinto dance. For example, the "Kumanodo Kagura", pertaining to the "Kumano" Shinto Shrine which tells about the prosperity of the "Kumano" belief to the modern era. Also, the "Dosojin Kagura", the "Hanamachi Kagura", the "Kumanodo Juunishin" "Shishiodori" dance, the "Ima Kumano Jinja" Shinto Shrine dance, a dance for the harvest of whole wheat in "Shimo Masuda", a dance for an abundant catch of fish in "Yuriage", and the "Masutorimai" dance in "Tegurada".
Sendai Airport’s new passenger’s terminal has a ripple-design roof, as well as a departure lounge with an entire glass wall. With its dynamic design, futuristic appearance, and fully equipped facilities, Sendai Airport warmly welcomes everyone. As the biggest international airport in the Tohoku region, the new generation passenger’s terminal plays a role as the hub of the region as well as the symbol of globalization. You can enjoy the view from two observation decks, one is on the roof top and the other is on the third floor, named "Smile Terrace". There is an airport museum Tobuccha on the third floor.
The Origin of the City’s and Town’s Name
This guidebook has the origins of Natori City’s and its town’s names.
Exchange between the following sister cities:
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Shingu Tourism Association:
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Regional Dialect in Natori
This guidebook contains many local dialects spoken in Natori. It is interesting to compare the different ways of using the Japanese dialects.