Location of Minamiawaji in Hyōgo Prefecture
Location in Japan
|Coordinates: 34°18′N 134°47′E / 34.300°N 134.783°ECoordinates: 34°18′N 134°47′E / 34.300°N 134.783°E|
|• Total||229.17 km2 (88.48 sq mi)|
|Population (30 April 2008)|
|• Density||230/km2 (600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
The modern city of Minamiawaji was established on January 11, 2005, from the merger of all four towns of the former Mihara District: Mihara, Midori, Nandan and Seidan. Minamiawaji also includes the small island of Nushima off the southeast coast of Awaji Island; it is only accessible by ferry.
Minamiawaji's soil and climate make it ideal for growing onions. As such, Awaji onions are renowned across Japan as sweet and delicious.
Mihara town in Minamiawaji is home to a puppet museum which houses numerous examples of locally crafted puppets. This art originated in the area.
Minamiawaji is connected to the south with the island of Shikoku by the Onaruto Bridge. The area is famous for the Naruto whirlpools, which form when the changing tidal currents are forced through the Naruto Strait. Tourists can view the whirlpools from the bridge or numerous commercial boats.
Bicycle rental scheme
- "Rental bicycles eyed to boost tourism". Yomiuri Shimbun. Japan. 19 July 2010. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
- Media related to Minamiawaji, Hyōgo at Wikimedia Commons
- Minamiawaji City official website (Japanese)