Minami-Alps, City in Japan

General Information about Minami-Alps

Minami-Alps (Minami-Alps) is a middle town within Yamanashi prefecture in the Chūbu region. Sister cities of Minami-Alps are Winterset in the USA, Marshalltown in the USA and Dujiangyan in China.

Trains do not go here. You need another means of transportation to get to Minami-Alps.

Famous persons connected with Minami-Alps are Shunsen Natori (1886 - 1960) and Tachu Naito (1886 - 1970).

Travel tips for Minami-Alps


Top Minami-Alps destinations for your sightseeing are the Mt. Kita (北岳) from 06/21 to 11/30 and the Lake Inaga (伊奈ヶ湖) throughout the year .

Culture and History

Cultural roots make Minami-Alps tourism particularly attractive. National heritage respectively national treasure are the Chokoku temple (長谷寺) and the Wooden seated statue of Muso Soseki (木造 夢窓国師坐像).

The oldest building in the city was constructed in the year 1524 and is named Chokoku temple (長谷寺).


Do you want to see fireworks in Minami-Alps? The Minami Alps foot of the mountain summer festival (南アルプス山麓サマーフェスティバル) with 200 rockets is popular. You can best watch from the Kushigata comprehensive park.

Hot spring

If you want to take a hot bath in Minami-Alps, the spa Yamanami no Yu (やまなみの湯) brings you relaxation and is also good for Fatigue recovery. The address: Nishinango 1299-1 (西南湖1299-1). Another hot spring here is Juen (樹園), which helps amongst other things in Fatigue recovery. Go to Yagoshima 2722 (野牛島2722) for this.


You want to eat well and enjoy a drink in Minami-Alps? The Cherries (さくらんぼ) is recommended by locals. The Direct sales place in the road station (道の駅直売所) in Zaiketsuka 587-1 (在家塚587-1) is popular. Another recommendation for gourmets: The Plum (Prunus salicina) (すもも). The Direct sales place in the road station (道の駅直売所) offers this. Where? In the Zaiketsuka 587-1 (在家塚587-1).


Do you already own a souvenir from Minami-Alps? You could buy for example the Anpo kaki (sulfurized dried kaki), available in the Direct sales place in the road station.

Flowers and Foliage

Discover the cherry blossom in Minami-Alps from 03/21 to 04/10, best in the Tokushima dam (徳島堰). The maple trees changing colour in Minami-Alps is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in Ashiyasu (芦安), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red. Start is around the 10/21 and the foliage lasts until 10/31. To mention in Minami-Alps is the Peach blossom in flower, which you can see in Nishino (西野) from 03/21 to 04/10.