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Location of Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• -Mayor||Hitoshi Mochizuki (since October 2008)|
|• Total||302.00 km2 (116.60 sq mi)|
|Population (July 1, 2012)|
|• Density||45.7/km2 (118/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|Address||350 Kiriishi, Minobu-chō, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken 409-3392|
Minobu (身延町 Minobu-chō?) is a town in Minamikoma District, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of July 2012, the town had an estimated population of 13,798 and a population density of 45.7 persons per km². The total area was 302.00 km².
Minobu is in south-central Yamanashi Prefecture. The Fuji River passes through the town, which is dominated by the sacred Mount Minobu. It also shares Lake Kawaguchi with neighbouring Fujikawaguchiko.
During the cadastral reform of the early Meiji period in April 1, 1889, Minamikoma District within Yamanashi Prefecture was created and organized into 22 villages. Minobu village was raised to town status on January 1, 1931. On February 11, 1955 the town expanded by annexing three neighboring villages. On September 13, 2004 Minobu absorbed the towns of Nakatomi, also from Minamikoma District, and Shimobe, from Nishiyatsushiro District.
- East Japan Railway Company –Minobu Line
- Kai-Ōshima - Minobu - Shionosawa - Hadakajima - Shimobe-onsen - Kai-Tokiwa - Ichinose - Kunado
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- Official website (Japanese)