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Subject: Kimotsuki District, Kagoshima, List of Historic Sites of Japan (Kagoshima), Nejime, Kagoshima, Sata, Kagoshima, Towns in Kagoshima Prefecture
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Minamiōsumi, Kagoshima

Flag of Minamiōsumi
Location of Minamiōsumi in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Minamiōsumi in Kagoshima Prefecture
Minamiōsumi is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kagoshima Prefecture
District Kimotsuki
 • Total 213.59 km2 (82.47 sq mi)
Population (October 2005)
 • Total 9,897
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website Town of Minamiōsumi

Minamiōsumi (南大隅町 Minamiōsumi-chō) is a town located in Kimotsuki District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. The town occupies the southern part of the Ōsumi Peninsula and its name literally means "the southern part of Ōsumi."

The town was formed on March 31, 2005 from the merger of the towns of Nejime and Sata, both from Kimotsuki District.

As of the 2005 national census, the town has a population of 9,897.[1] The total area is 213.59 km².


  • Geography 1
    • Neighboring towns 1.1
  • History 2
    • Town formation 2.1
  • Government 3
    • Town hall 3.1
  • Local information 4
    • Education 4.1
      • High Schools 4.1.1
      • Junior High schools 4.1.2
      • Elementary schools 4.1.3
  • Transportation 5
    • Bus 5.1
      • National roads 5.1.1
      • Toll roads 5.1.2
  • Other information 6
    • Famous places 6.1
    • Events 6.2
    • Famous natives 6.3
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Located at 31 degrees north latitude, Minamiōsumi is the southernmost town on the Japanese "mainland" (Japan's four main islands).

Neighboring towns


The town name was chosen from among ideas submitted by the public.

Town formation

  • The village of Nejime became the town of Nejime on January 1, 1941.
  • The village of Sata became the town of Sata on September 1, 1947.
  • Nejime and Sata, both from Kimotsuki District, were merged to become Minamiōsumi on March 31, 2005.


Town hall

The former Nejime Town Hall now serves as the Minamiōsumi Town Hall. The former Sata Town Hall is now a branch office.

Local information


High Schools

  • Minamiōsumi High School.

Junior High schools

  • Nejime Junior High School
  • Daiichi Sata Junior High School

Elementary schools

  • Kamiyama Elementary School
  • Sata Elementary School



Minamiōsumi is served by the Osumi Kotsu Network of buses, operated by the Kagoshima Kotsu Group.

National roads

  • National Route 269
    • "Michi no Eki" rest area located at Nejime

Toll roads

  • Sata Misaki Road Parkway, providing access to Cape Sata

Other information

Famous places

  • Cape Sata, southernmost point of Japan's four main islands
  • Ōgawa Waterfall
  • Nejime Onsen
  • Former Sata Medicinal Garden
  • Wild growing Cycas revoluta, the so-called "Sago Palm"


  • Misaki Festival (February)
  • Dragon Boat Festival (October)

Famous natives

  • Mire Aika (1964- ), actress
  • Naoki Uchizono (1974- ), professional baseball player


  1. ^ 南大隅町の概要. Minamiōsumi official website (in Japanese). Minamiōsumi Village. Retrieved September 21, 2011. 

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Minamiōsumi official website (Japanese)
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