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Kumamoto-city travel guide


Kumamoto-city, situated roughly in the center of Kumamoto-prefecture, is the

government and economic center of the prefecture.

From the early 17th century to the end of the 19th century, Kumamoto was prosperous

as a castle town. The Shira-kawa River and its branches run through the downtown area

around Kumamoto Castle.

Therefore, the city is called “City of Forest and Fresh Water.”



Exploring Kumamoto


Kumamoto Castle

Entrance gate   Castle tower Kato Shrine 


After the Earthquake

Ninomaru-hiroba Castle tower Turret


Suizenji-koen Park    


Shimo-tori Shopping Street       

The largest shopping arcade in Kumamoto prefecture

The center of fashion and amusement where department stores and boutiques

line up and also there are gourmet area where cafes and restaurants including

local cousin restaurants opened daytime and nighttime.



Kumamoto City Tram         

The convenient public transportation to travel in the Kumamoto-city

There are two lines ;  A line and B line.

Most of the stops on the A line and B line are the same.

Popular stops that both lines go to include Suizenji-koen Park, Kumamoto Castle,

Shimo-tori Shopping Street and the Kumamoto Kotsu Centre Bus Station.



                 Location of Kumamoto





General information


1-1 Tetorihoncho, Cyuo-ku, Kumamoto-city, Kumamoto-prefecture

Cabinet designate city


1 hour and 40 minutes from Fukuoka-city by a vehicle 

2 hours and 40 minutes from Kitakyushu-city by a vehicle 



  Kumamoto Airport


JR main station : Kumamoto Station


City transportation


Population 738,000      population density : 1,890 / km2




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