Tanegashima Minamitane Town

Minamitane (南種子町 Minamitane-chō) is a town located on Tanegashima, in Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2013, the town has an estimated population of 5,925 and a population density of 53.8 persons per km². The total area is 110.40 km². The headquarters of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency are located at the Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitane.

Picture - Tanegashima Space Center.
Minamitane Town Districts

Minamitane town is composed of the following districts.

Shimama - This district covers the northwest corner of Minamitane town.
Nakanokami - This district covers the middle section of Minamitane town extending to the west coast.
Nishino - This district covers the southwest corner of Minamitane town
Hirayama - This district covers the northeast corner of Minamitane town.
Kukinaga - This district covers the southeast corner of Minamitane town.
Nakanoshimo - This district covers the south central section of Minamitane town.
Minamitane Town Geography and Climate

Minamitane is located on the southern end of Tanegashima, bordered by the East China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and the town of Nakatane to the north

The climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and mild winters. Precipitation is high throughout the year, but is highest in the months of May, June and September. The area is subject to frequent typhoons.

Minamitane Town History

Minamitane Village was established on April 1, 1889. It was upgraded to town status on October 15, 1956.

Graphic - Location of Minamitane town (Yellow) in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Minamitane Town Information

Graphic - Minamitane city flag.
Geographic Coordinates: 30°23′53″N 130°54′31″E

Country: Japan

Region: Kyushu (Ōsumi Islands)

Prefecture: Kagoshima Prefecture

District: Kumage

Area Total: 110.40 km2 (42.63 sq mi)

Population (June 1, 2013) Total: 5,925

Population (June 1, 2013) Density Total: 53.7/km2 (139/sq mi)

Time zone: Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Tree: Myrica rubra

Flower: Hibiscus

Phone number: 0997-26-1111

Address: 2793-1 Nakanoue, Minamitane-chō, Kumage-gun, Kagoshima-ken 891-3792
Wikipedia - Tanegashima - General information about Tanegashima.
Wikipedia - Minamitane, Kagoshima - General information about Minamitane.
Minamitane-Town Official Website - Minamitane official town website. (Japanese)
Minamitane-Town Official Website - Minamitane official town website sightseeing guide. (Japanese)
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