Minamo (Japanese: 水面院; rōmaji: Minamo-in; literally "Water Surface Academy") was a wizard academy built around and above Lake Kamitaki near the waterfalls of the same name. A major blue-aligned location on Kamigawa, the academy was comprised of both ordinary buildings and buildings held magically aloft. It was the first place where the kami manifested at the outbreak of the Kami War.
Above the Academy was located the soratami capital Otawara (Oboro), and the moonfolk frequently visited the academy—officially to share their wisdom, but actually to maintain control of the academy when using it to pursue their own secret agenda.
The Minamo Academy trained both archers and mages for the conflict between material and spirit worlds. The headmaster of the academy was Sensei Iki Hisoka; his deputy was Madame Azami, the Lady of Scrolls.
During the events leading to the climax of the Kami War, Choryu, a Minamo student and friend of Princess Michiko Konda, made a grave mistake when he killed Kobo, member of the Hyozan Reckoners and apprentice of Hidetsugu. Obedient to the Hyozan oath, the ogre proceeded to execute a complete reckoning for that crime. The ogre attacked the academy with his yamabushi hunters, defeated the guardian dragon Keiga, and destroyed the academy, killing anybody who got in the way. Some of the inhabitants escaped this fate, but Hisoka himself was decapitated (and consumed) by Hidetsugu.
- Yumegawa River. The largest and longest river on Kamigawa, which contains the great falls; means “river of dreams.”
- Kamitaki Falls Kamigawa's largest waterfall; means “waterfall of the kami.”
- Lake Kamitaki
- Akagi River. A smaller river near the Kamitaki Falls where a famous battle between humans and kami took place.
Notable Minamo inhabitants
- Hisoka, Minamo Sensei
- Kaho, Minamo Historian
- Minamo Scrollkeeper
- Minamo Sightbender
- Minamo's Meddling
- Field of Reality
- Mikokoro, Center of the Sea
- Nezumi Bone-Reader
- Oppressive Will
- Phantom Wings (Betrayers of Kamigawa)
- Trusted Advisor