Guide to Minami Ashigara City
On the Coast, Near the Mountains and boasting great restaurants too, paradise?
Sites of Interest
Facts about Minami Ashigara City
Compiled by TH
City Area: 7,693ha
1. Residential land: 517ha (7%) 2. Agricultural land: 827ha (11%)
1. Male: 21,886 2. Female: 21,816 3. Population Density: 568/square km
Pictured: Saijo Temple in Minami Ashigara
Pictured: Ashigara Pass by Shawn Thir
Sightseeing Spots of Minamiashigara
Saijoji Temple, according to my brother, rivals anything you will see at Nikko or Kyoto. I have to agree. One thing that makes Saijoji better than the temples of Kyoto is the fresh air and the old growth cedarforest you are surrounded by. Old growth forests are a rarity in Japan and the setting, plus the beautiful buildings make for an amazing experience.
When people imagine: temple, they think of one building. Saijoji isa whole complex of buildings both shinto and buddhist. The temple is more alive than many you will see too, with an active group of monks who live and meditate there. You can see their monastery (the outside and the entrance hall).
Niju Isseki no Mori (21st Century Forest), is a park with hiking trails
deer and wild boar. Thankfully you rarely run into the latter. I never have. I actually get homesick after visiting this huge park as it reminds me so much of the Canadian wilderness, yet it is located only ten minutes from Daiyuzan Station by car.
Maruta no Mori Park
has some old traditional farm houses in the park, hiking trails, wooden
play grounds for the kids, and great camping throughout. Located
just 10 minutes by car from Daiyuzan Station but a world away from
is a hotspring located near Maruta no Mori Park. It is very nice.
A great place to relax.
Kari River Walk
You can walk along the Kari River and enjoy the plum blossoms in the springtime. You can easily reach the Kari River from Fuji Film Mae Station (Daiyuzan Line).
Minamiashigara City Hall
is a beautiful modern style building with lots of glass, as is the
Cultural Centre located just across the street. Worth a look!
Minami Ashigara City is a pleasant, little city in Kanagawa, Japan. The Kari River meanders through the town, and fireflies can sometimes be seen in the summertime. The call of the cicadas, remind all of us, that our time on this earth is limited, but somehow Minami Ashigara obliges with the gift of a beautiful day and views of Mounts Fuji and Kintoki.
Though a small city, there is a train line running from one end to the other. The Daiyuzan line runs from Daiyuzan station to the southeast side of Minami Ashigara, and runs to Odawara Station24 minutes away. Minami Ashigara`s City Hall and Cultural Centre would make many larger cities proud. They boast modern, interesting architectural design with interesting angles and a lot of glass.
Minami Ashigara has the Best Water in Japan!
Yamakita and Minami Ashigara share the honors in the 100 Waters List for Japan. That is why Fuji Film, Asahi Beer and various perfume factories have chosen Minami Ashigara to make their products.
It`s the water!
Maruta no Mori: Minami Ashigara`s Annual Campby Kevin Burns
Minami Ashigara City, Kanagawa
I think I should volunteer more often, witnessing the effort put forth by the city volunteers who put on thisannual camping weekend. I admire their kindness as they teach my six year old how to make a bow. The volunteersare from the city halls and from various walks of life. The man who fixed the lights in our home greets me witha "Long time no see!" He jokes with me about me making Curry Rice. I don't want my family to be rushed toa local hospital though, so I don't cook. I do manage to put boiling water in my cup noodle without burningmy hand, and for that I am thankful.
In our rush to get to work, to get things done, we often forget who lives in our town. I suggest you join thenext annual camping trip, you may make some new friends. The river running through the park is cold andfresh. The sound is nice to sleep by. My children enjoy wading through it and their friends search for rivercrabs. My precocious two year old decides she will conquer the river too. I manage to avoid both of usbreaking our necks on the slippery stones for thirty minutes. Maybe the cicadas are watching over us.Or perhaps it's the Murata no Mori Gods? Anyway, we escape unscathed and we walk back to the mainpart of the camp, to make more things out of bamboo. The bow had snapped so Jonah and my wife, gotanother try to perfect it. I don't think he'll go hunting, but I fear a sweat potato into my cheek may bein my future.
One woman and her eighty year old mother have been coming to these annual camps for seventeenyears. Maybe that says it all. Hope to see you next year!
Minami ashigara to Close Yet Another Cultural Asset
Minami Ashigara City has been in trouble for a while now,
tax-wise. The local pool in Iizawa stayed closed all summer
for the first time in a long while due to "not having enough
money to run it."
For those who don`t know, it was run by students. They
were the life guards. It was a great asset to the town.
The students were presumably not paid a lot, yet we were not
able to have the services of the pool.
The latest news is that the Minami Ashigara Cultural Centre
(Bunka Kaikan) will close due to lack of funds. Apparently
the city hall has tried to sell it! As well, another rumour
is it may be destroyed. What a shame! It is a beautiful
building and a great place to enjoy music or any kind of
Fuji Film apparently due to losses is due for a tax refund
so Minami Ashigara has to pay that back.
Frankly, if I found my taxes so low, I would understand all of these
closures. But I never feel that I am under-taxed in Japan.
I get so frustrated at times, I think of running for office.
It just seems to me that so much money is wasted on inane
project like cementing the Kari River.
I don`t think Greenpeace would approve.
Paving roads that don`t need paving while leaving
roads that need the stop lines repainted--unpainted and in
danger of causing an accident.
What is the difference between the success of a tiny town like
Kaisei with a population of under 20,000 and a larger city like
Minami Ashigara with a population of 44,000? To me the answer
is good leadership.
The mayor of Kaisei is famous for being innovative and a good leader.
Minami Ashigara lacks that and we are in trouble because of it.
We need good leadership at city hall. Please someone come forward and save us!
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