Minobu, Yamanashi

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Minobu
身延町
Town
Mount Minobu
Mount Minobu
Flag of Minobu
Flag
Official seal of Minobu
Seal
Location of Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture
Minobu is located in Japan
Minobu
Minobu
 
Coordinates: 35°28′N 138°27′E / 35.467°N 138.450°E / 35.467; 138.450Coordinates: 35°28′N 138°27′E / 35.467°N 138.450°E / 35.467; 138.450
Country Japan
Region Chūbu
Tōkai
Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture
District Minamikoma
Government
 • -Mayor Hitoshi Mochizuki (since October 2008)
Area
 • Total 302.00 km2 (116.60 sq mi)
Population (July 1, 2012)
 • Total 13,798
 • Density 45.7/km2 (118/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 0556-42-2111
Address 350 Kiriishi, Minobu-chō, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken 409-3392
Website www.town.minobu.lg.jp

Minobu (身延町 Minobu-chō?) is a town in Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of July 2012, the town had an estimated population of 13,798 and a population density of 45.7 persons per km². The total area was 302.00  km².

Geography[edit]

Minobu is in south-central Yamanashi Prefecture. The Fuji River passes through the town, which is dominated by the sacred Mount Minobu.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

Yamanashi Prefecture

Shizuoka Prefecture

History[edit]

Minobu developed from the Kamakura period as a temple town outside the gates of the important Buddhist temple of Kuon-ji, one of the primary head temples of the Nichiren Shū.

During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in April 1, 1889, Minamikoma District within Yamanashi Prefecture was created and organized into 22 villages. Minobu village was raised to town status on January 1 1931. On February 11, 1955 the town expanded by annexing three neighboring villages. On September 13, 2004 Minobu absorbed the towns of Nakatomi, also from Minamikoma District, and Shimobe, from Nishiyatsushiro District.

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Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

External links[edit]

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