Minobu (身延町 Minobu-chō) is a town located in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. As of 1 June 2019[update], the town had an estimated population of 11,674 in 5447 households , and a population density of 39 persons per km². The total area of the town is 302.00 square kilometres (116.60 sq mi).
Location of Minobu in Yamanashi Prefecture
|• Mayor||Hitoshi Mochizuki (since October 2008)|
|• Total||302.00 km2 (116.60 sq mi)|
(June 1, 2019)
|• Density||39/km2 (100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
|• Tree||Prunus pendula|
|• Flower||Lilium auratum|
|• Bird||Oriental dollarbird|
|Address||350 Kiriishi, Minobu-chō, Minamikoma-gun, Yamanashi-ken 409-3392|
Per Japanese census data, the population of Minobu has declined over the past 30 years.
The town has a climate characterized by characterized by hot and humid summers, and relatively mild winters (Köppen climate classification Cfa). The average annual temperature in Minobu is 14.1 °C. The average annual rainfall is 1540 mm with September as the wettest month. The temperatures are highest on average in August, at around 26.0 °C, and lowest in January, at around 2.6 °C.
During the 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.
- Minobusan University
- Minobu has three public elementary schools and one public junior high school operated by the town government. The town as two public high schools operated by the Yamanashi Prefectural Board of Education and one private high school.
- Central Japan Railway Company - Minobu Line
- Kai-Ōshima - Minobu - Shionosawa - Hadakajima - Shimobe-onsen - Kai-Tokiwa - Ichinose - Kunado