Minami Alps National Park

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Minami Alps National Park
南アルプス国立公園
IUCN category II (national park)
Mt.Kitadake and Mt.Senjogatake from Mt.Nakashirane.jpg
Mt.Kitadake and Mt.Senjogatake from Mt.Nakashirane
Map showing the location of Minami Alps National Park
Map showing the location of Minami Alps National Park
Location central Honshū, Japan
Coordinates 35°45′08″N 137°40′23″E / 35.75222°N 137.67306°E / 35.75222; 137.67306Coordinates: 35°45′08″N 137°40′23″E / 35.75222°N 137.67306°E / 35.75222; 137.67306
Area 357.52 km²
Established June 1, 1964
Governing body Ministry of the Environment
Each Mountain of Minami Alps National Park

Minami Alps National Park (南アルプス国立公園 Minami Arupusu Kokuritsu Kōen?) is a national park in the Chūbu region, Honshū, Japan.

The Minami Alps National Park was established on June 1, 1964. It extends along the border of Shizuoka, Yamanashi and Nagano Prefectures for a length of 55 kilometres (34 mi), and a maximum width of 18 kilometres (11 mi) for a total area of 358 square kilometres (138 sq mi). The Park is a very mountainous region, centering on the Akaishi Mountains with several noted peaks of over 3000 meters in height, including Koma-ga-take, Senjō-ga-take, Akaishi-dake and Kita-dake. The park also protects the headwaters of the Fuji River, Ōi River and Tenryū River.

Flora in the park includes extensive stands of Japanese beech, Japanese stone pine and hemlock spruce. The largest fauna is the kamoshika and noted avian species include the ptarmigan.[1] The park has minimal public facilities, and the only approach is by mountaineering.[2]

Other large fauna include Asiatic black bear, wild boar and Sika deer.

Further reading[edit]

  • Hunt, Paul. Hiking in Japan: An Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails. Kodansha America (1988). ISBN 0-87011-893-5
  • Southerland, Mary and Britton, Dorothy. The National Parks of Japan. Kodansha International (1995). ISBN 4-7700-1971-8

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