Minami-Alps, Yamanashi

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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; 138.465028Coordinates: 35°36′29.9″N 138°27′54.1″E / 35.608306°N 138.465028°E / 35.608306; 138.465028
Country Japan
Region Chūbu (Tōkai)
Prefecture Yamanashi Prefecture
 • -Mayor Hirobumi Nakairi (since April 2011)
 • Total 264.14 km2 (101.99 sq mi)
Population (November 1, 2015)
 • Total 70,768
 • Density 269/km2 (700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Phone number 055-282-1111
Address Ogasawara 376, Minami-Alps city, Yamanashi 400-0395
Website www.city.minami-alps.yamanashi.jp/multilingual/english
Minami-Alps City Hall

Minami-Alps (南アルプス市, Minami-Arupusu-shi) is a city located in eastern Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.

As of September 2015, the city has an estimated population of 70,968 and a population density of 269 persons per km². The total area was 264.14 square kilometres (101.99 sq mi). Minami-Alps is Yamanashi Prefecture's eighth city, and its population of over 70,000 makes it the prefecture's third largest. 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 city is located on the eastern foothills of these 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 horticulture of cherries, peaches, plums, grapes, pears, persimmons, kiwi, and apples.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]


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 is the only city in Yamanashi which does not have any passenger railway services.



  • Minami-Alps has 15 elementary schools, one combined elementary/middle school, six middle schools, two high schools and one special education school
  • International schools - Alps Gakuen (former Colégio Pitágoras) - Brazilian school[1]

Sister cities[edit]

Noted people from Minami-Alps[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "US-Japan Sister Cities by State". Asia Matters for America. Honolulu, HI: East-West Center. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Minami-alps, Yamanashi at Wikimedia Commons