Minakami, Gunma

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Minakami
みなかみ町
Town
Flag of Minakami
Flag
Location of Minakami in Gunma Prefecture
Location of Minakami in Gunma Prefecture
Minakami is located in Japan
Minakami
Minakami
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 36°41′N 139°0′E / 36.683°N 139.000°E / 36.683; 139.000Coordinates: 36°41′N 139°0′E / 36.683°N 139.000°E / 36.683; 139.000
Country Japan
Region Kanto
Prefecture Gunma Prefecture
District Tone
Government
 • Mayor Masayoshi Kishi
Area
 • Total 780.91 km2 (301.51 sq mi)
Population (January, 2006)
 • Total 23,189
 • Density 29/km2 (80/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Address Minakami-shi, Gokan 318
379-1393
Phone number 0278-62-2111
Website Town of Minakami
Minakami
The Minakami JR Station

Minakami (みなかみ町 Minakami-machi?) is a town located in Tone District, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. It is the largest and northernmost town in the prefecture.

The town was created on October 1, 2005, when the old Minakami merged with the town of Tsukiyono, and the village of Niiharu, all from Tone District.

As of 2006, the town has an estimated population of 23,189 and a population density of 29 persons per km². The total area is 780.91 km².

Geography[edit]

  • Mountains: Mount Mikuni, Mount Sennokura, Mount Ōmine, Tanikawadake, Asahidake, Hiragatake
  • Rivers: Tone River, Akatani River
  • Lakes: Lake Okutone, Lake Naramata, Lake Fujiwara, Lake Dogen
  • Dams: Yagisawa Dam, Naramata Dam, Fujiwara Dam, Aimata Dam, Sudagai Dam

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

Education[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

Junior High Schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Onsen (Hot Springs)[edit]

Minakami has traditionally been an Onsen (hot spring) resort town with 8 major onsen sources and over 40 different bathing facilities to choose from. Minakami Onsen Information

Ski Fields[edit]

Minakami has a good reputation for good snow conditions. There are 9 ski areas:

Outdoor[edit]

There are many different outdoor pursuits available in Minakami and over the past 10 years it has become a very popular destination for outdoor adventure seekers. Some of the outdoor activities that are available:

  • Whitewater rafting (grade 2- 4)
  • Canyoning
  • Bungy Jumping
  • Mountainbiking
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Snowshoe
  • Backcountry ski & snowboarding
  • Caving

Transportation[edit]

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