Minamitane Town

Minamitane (南種子町 Minamitane-chō) is a town (dark yellow on the map) 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: Hirayama, Kukinaga, Nakanokami, Nakanoshimo, Nishino, and Shimama. The districts are listed in alphabetical order and the maps show the district boundaries.
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.
Minamitane Town Information

Graphic - Minamitane town seal and 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
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