Tanegashima Towns

Tanegashima is divided widthwise into three sections, each constituting a town. Well actually, Nishinoomote is the only city and makes up the northern third of the island. Nakatane town is located in the middle of the island. Minamitane is located in the southern third of Tanegashima. Each "town" has beautiful beaches, incredible views, nice affordable restaurants, and unique annual events adding to the character of each location.
Nishinoomote City

Nishinoomote (西之表市 Nishinoomote-shi) is a city located on the island of Tanegashima, in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2013, the city has an estimated population of 16,418 and a population density of 79.8 persons per km². The total area is 205.75 km².  Nishinoomote, located on the northern portion of Tanegashima, is bordered by the East China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and by the Osumi Strait separating Tanegashima from the Kyushu mainland. The city also includes the offshore island of Mageshima within its borders.

Nishinoomote has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with long, hot, humid summers and mild winters. Precipitation is abundant throughout the year, with particularly heavy rainfall in May, June, August and September. The area is subject to frequent typhoons.

Kitatane Village was established on April 1, 1889. It was elevated to town status on April 1, 1926 and renamed Nishinoomote. Towards the end of World War II, the town was garrisoned by a 12,000-man force from the Imperial Japanese Army and was thus subjected to bombing by the United States Navy in 1945. As with all of the Amami Islands, the town came under the administration of the United States from July 1, 1946 to December 25, 1953. It was elevated to city status on October 1, 1958.

Nishinoomote Port is a regional transportation hub, with frequent ferry service to Kagoshima, Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka, as well as Okinawa and the other Osumi islands.

Nishinoomote city encompasses seven separate districts including: Anjo, Anno, Genna, Iseki, Kunigami, Nishinoomote, and Sumiyoshi. The districts are listed in alphabetical order and the maps show the district boundaries.
Anjo District

The Anjo district covers a southeastern section of Nishinoomote city extending to the east coast of Tanegashima.
Anno District

The Anno district covers an eastern section of Nishinoomote city extending to the east coast of Tanegashima.
Genna District

The Genna district covers an eastern section of Nishinoomote city extending to the east coast of Tanegashima.
Iseki District

The Iseki district covers a northwest section of Nishinoomote city extending to the east coast of Tanegashima.
Kunigami District

The Kunigami district covers the northernmost section of Nishinoomote city extending from the west coast to the east coast and including the northern tip of Tanegashima.
Nishinoomote District

The Nishinoomote district covers the entire area of Nishinoomote city. This includes all the smaller individual districts which make up the Nishinoomote district.
Sumiyoshi District

The Sumiyoshi district covers a southwest section of Nishinoomote city extending to the west coast of Tanegashima.
Nakatane Town

Nakatane (中種子町 Nakatane-chō) is a town located in central Tanegashima, in Kumage District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. As of June 2013, the town has an estimated population of 8,439 and a population density of 61.2 persons per km². The total area is 137.78 km².

Nakatane occupies the center of the island of Tanegashima, with the East China Sea to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east. 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.

Nakatane Village was established on April 1, 1889. A power station was built in 1925, and the first telephone was installed in 1938. On November 10, 1940, Nakatane was upgraded to town status. Tanegashima Airport opened in Nakatane in 1958.

Nakatane is featured in the Japanese animated feature film, 5 Centimeters Per Second, directed by Makoto Shinkai. It was released on March 3, 2007 in Japan.

Nakatane town encompasses six separate districts including: Makigawa, Masuda, Nokan, Noma, Sakai, and Yuku. The districts are listed in alphabetical order and the maps show the district boundaries.
Makigawa District

The Makigawa district covers a small western section of Nakatane town extending to the west coast of Tanegashima.
Masuda District

The Masuda district covers a central and eastern section of Nakatane town, extending to the east coast of Tanegashima.
Nokan District

The Nokan district covers a very large western section of Nakatane town extending to the west coast of Tanegashima.
Noma District

The Noma district covers the central section of Nakatane town extending from the west coast to the east coast of Tanegashima and includes most of the facilities in the town.
Sakai District

The Sakai district covers the southern section of Nakatane town, is very large, extending from the west coast to the east coast of Tanegashima.
Yuku District

The Yuku district covers a central and eastern section of Nakatane town extending to the east coast of 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 is located at the Tanegashima Space Center in Minamitane.

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

Minamitane town encompasses seven separate districts including: xxxx. The districts are listed in alphabetical order and the maps show the district boundaries.
 
 




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

The Hirayama district covers the northeast corner of Minamitane town.
Kukinaga District

The Kukinaga district covers the southeast corner of Minamitane town.
Nakanokami District

The Nakanokami district covers the middle section of Minamitane town extending to the west coast of Tanegashima and includes most of the facilities in the town.
Nakanoshimo District

The Nakanoshimo district covers the south central section of Minamitane town.
Nishino District

The Nishino district covers the southwest corner of Minamitane town.
Shimama District

The Shimama district covers the northwest corner of Minamitane town.
 
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