On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Their Imperial Highnesses Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako of Japan arrived in the Miyagi Prefecture to visit several areas that were affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake off the Tōhoku coast and the devastating tsunami that followed.

The imperial couple began their day with a visit to a temporary housing complex in Sendai City where they met with residents and toured the building.  Afterward, the crown prince and crown princess were given a tour of areas that were destroyed by the massive tsunami and visited a factory in Miyagino-ku.