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View of Mount Aso from Minami-Aso
Location of Minamiaso in Kumamoto Prefecture
|• Mayor||Toshiya Nagano (since February 2005)|
|• Total||137.30 km2 (53.01 sq mi)|
|Population (December 31, 2009)|
|• Density||88/km2 (230/sq mi)|
|• Tree||Chamaecyparis obtusa|
|• Flower||Pieris japonica|
|• Bird||Emberiza cioides|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City hall address||145-3 Kain, Minamiaso-mura, Aso-gun, Kumamoto-ken
Minamiaso was once three separate villages: Chōyō, Hakusui and Kugino. In 2005, it was decided that these villages would merge along with neighboring area Tateno to become Minamiaso village, which would stretch between Ōzu and Takamori.
Due to declining birth rate, aging population and the opportunity to share administrative resources, discussions between the three villages (Chōyō, Hakusui and Kugino) began on April 1, 2003. The merger was complete on February 13, 2005.
- Tokai Agricultural University
- Kumamoto Seiryou High School
There are no public high schools in Minamiaso.
Junior high schools
- Chōyō Junior High School
- Hakusui Junior High School
- Kugino Junior High School
Junior High School Merger
At the beginning of 2016, due to declining student numbers, the three junior high schools merged into a single school, named simply "Minamiaso Junior High School". Chōyō Junior High School was chosen as the new location to host the students and staff.
- Tateno Elementary School
- Chōyō Elementary School
- West Chōyō Elementary School
- Nakamatsu Elementary School
- Hakusui Elementary School
- Ryouhei Elementary School
- Kugino Elementary School
Trains going to Ōzu, Miyaji (Aso City) or non-express trains bound for Oita will stop at Tateno Station. Those trains bound for Ōzu will end their journey there and connecting train will be waiting at the adjacent platform. A change will also need to be made at Tateno to the Minamiaso Tetsudou line, which is not a JR line so JR Rail Passes will not be valid. From Tateno to Chōyō (the first station in Minamiaso-mura) costs 230 yen. Following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, the train line is not in operation and is currently receiving repairs (as of 27th January 2017).
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