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
- Kanagawa Prefectural Route 74
- from Odawara
- Kanagawa Prefectural Route 78
- from Ōi-Matsuda Interchange on the Tōmei Expressway
Sister City relations
- 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
- Rina Uchiyama - actress
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