Minabe (みなべ町, Minabe-chō) is a small town located in Hidaka District, Wakayama Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. Situated on a small bay of the Pacific ocean and surrounded by mountains, it is a quiet and picturesque farming community of about 12,500 people. Its location has been mentioned in ancient texts since the 8th century, but the basic land area was incorporated in 1889. After a series of village mergers, the present area of Minabe was formed in 2004. Minabe is known for its high-quality apricots, known as Ume. It is also known for a high-quality charcoal called Binchōtan, has good fishing waters, and produces a variety of agricultural goods.
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