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Minami-Alps, Yamanashi

Coordinates: 35°36′29.9″N 138°27′54.1″E / 35.608306°N 138.465028°E / 35.608306; 138.465028
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Gate of the Ando house in Minami-Alps City
Gate of the Ando house in Minami-Alps City
Flag of Minami-Alps
Official seal of Minami-Alps
Location of Minami-Alps in Yamanashi Prefecture
Location of Minami-Alps in Yamanashi Prefecture
Minami-Alps is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°36′29.9″N 138°27′54.1″E / 35.608306°N 138.465028°E / 35.608306; 138.465028
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
 • MayorKazumoto Kanemaru (since 2015)
 • Total264.14 km2 (101.99 sq mi)
 (October 1, 2020)
 • Total69,459
 • Density260/km2 (680/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Phone number055-282-1111
AddressOgasawara 376, Minami-Alps city, Yamanashi 400-0395
WebsiteOfficial website
Minami-Alps City Hall

Minami-Alps (南アルプス市, Minami-Arupusu-shi) is a city located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019, the city has an estimated population of 71,618 in 27,956 households,[1] and a population density of 270 persons per km2. The total area of the city is 264.14 square kilometres (101.99 sq mi). Minami-Alps is Yamanashi Prefecture's third largest city. The city's name was chosen in September 2002 from among entries submitted by the general public.


The city is named for its location on the eastern foothills of the "Southern Alps". This mountain range includes Mount Kita, Japan's second-highest mountain, as well as a number of other mountains that top 3,000 meters. The urbanized zones lie along the three rivers running along these mountains: Midai River, Takizawa River, and Tsubo River. The area is noted for growing fruit, especially: cherries, peaches, plums, grapes, pears, persimmons, kiwi, and apples.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


The city has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Minami-Alps is 10.3 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1539 mm with September as the wettest month.[2]


Per Japanese census data,[3] the population of Minami-Alps has recently plateaued after several decades of growth.

Historical population
1940 52,148—    
1950 63,073+20.9%
1960 53,924−14.5%
1970 51,318−4.8%
1980 54,123+5.5%
1990 62,351+15.2%
2000 70,116+12.5%
2010 72,635+3.6%
2020 69,459−4.4%


The city of Minami-Alps was established on April 1, 2003, by the merger of the towns of Kōsai, Kushigata, Shirane and Wakakusa, and the villages of Ashiyasu and Hatta (all from Nakakoma District).


Minami-Alps has a mayor-council form of government with a directly elected mayor and a unicameral city legislature of 22 members.


The economy of Minami-Alps is primarily agricultural, with seasonal tourism and forestry playing secondary roles.


  • Minami-Alps has 15 public elementary schools, one combined public elementary/middle school and six public middle schools operated by the city government. The city has two public high schools and one special education school operated by the Yamanashi Prefectural Board of Education.
  • International schools - Alps Gakuen (former Colégio Pitágoras) - Brazilian school[4]



  • Minami-Alps is the only city in Yamanashi which does not have any passenger railway services.


Sister cities[edit]

Friendship city[edit]

Notable people from Minami-Alps[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ City official statistics(in Japanese)
  2. ^ climate data[dead link]
  3. ^ Minami-Alps population statistics
  4. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.

External links[edit]

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