Minamiashigara City Hall
Location of Minamiashigara in Kanagawa Prefecture
|• Total||76.93 km2 (29.70 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2012)|
|• 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
|Website||City of Minamiashigara|
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.
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.
- Izuhakone Railway - Daiyūzan Line
Sister City relations
- Saijoji Temple, many temples and shrines located in an old growth cedar forest.
- Niju Isseki no Mori (21st Century Forest), a park with hiking trails throughout.
- Maruta no Mori: a park with hiking trails and camp grounds.
Noted people from Minamiashigara
- Rina Uchiyama - actress
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Minamiashigara, Kanagawa.|
- Minamiashigara City official website (Japanese)
- The Minamiashigaran
- Odawara Living - Information about Minami Ashigara
- Japan Living