Minamiashigara, Kanagawa

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Minamiashigara
南足柄市
City
Minamiashigara City Hall
Minamiashigara City Hall
Flag of Minamiashigara
Flag
Official seal of Minamiashigara
Seal
Location of Minamiashigara in Kanagawa Prefecture
Location of Minamiashigara in Kanagawa Prefecture
Minamiashigara is located in Japan
Minamiashigara
Minamiashigara
 
Coordinates: 35°19′N 139°06′E / 35.317°N 139.100°E / 35.317; 139.100Coordinates: 35°19′N 139°06′E / 35.317°N 139.100°E / 35.317; 139.100
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Kanagawa Prefecture
Area
 • Total 76.93 km2 (29.70 sq mi)
Population (June 1, 2012)
 • Total 43,753
 • Density 569/km2 (1,470/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Camellia sasanqua
- Flower Japanese gentian
Address Sekimoto 440-banchi, Minamiashigara-shi, Kanagawa-ken
250-0192
Website City of Minamiashigara

Minamiashigara (南足柄市 Minamiashigara-shi?) is a city located in the far southwestern corner of Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2012, the city has an estimated population of 43,753 and population density of 569 persons per km². The total area is 76.93 km².

Geography[edit]

Minamiashigara is located in the mountainous west of Kanagawa Prefecture, with most of the city located within either the Tanzawa-Ōyama Quasi-National Park or the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park.

Surrounding Municipalities[edit]

Kanagawa Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture

History[edit]

The area that us now Minaimashigara was under control of the late Hōjō clan in the Sengoku period, and part of Odawara Domain during the Edo period.

After the Meiji Restoration, casastral reforms created Minamiashigawa, Fukusawa, Okamoto and Kitaashigara villages within Ashigarakami District, Kanagawa Prefecture. The development of the area was spurred by the opening of the Oyama Mountain Railway (present-day Izuhakone Railway Daiyūzan Line) on October 15, 1925. Minamiashigara was elevated in status to that of a town on April 1, 1940, and annexed neighboring Fukusawa, Okamoto and Kitaashigara villages in 1955. It was elevated to city status on April 1, 1972.

Economy[edit]

The economy of Minamiashigara is based on forestry and agriculture (primarily green tea and mikan). Fujifilm and Asahi Breweries have factories in Minamiashigara to make use of its abundant fresh water.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Bus[edit]

Road[edit]

  • Kanagawa Prefectural Route 74
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Route 78

Sister City relations[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Saijoji Temple, many temples and shrines located in an old growth cedar forest.
  • Maruta no Mori: a park with hiking trails and camp grounds.
  • Niju Isseki no Mori (21st Century Forest), a park with hiking trails throughout.
  • Yuhi no Taki (Fall), located in Jizodo.
  • Ashigara Pass

Noted people from Minamiashigara[edit]

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