Kumamoto (熊 本市jap, -shi) is a city and administrative center of the homonymous Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu, the southernmost of the major islands of Japan. Kumamoto has been appointed on 1 April 2012 on a rate determined by government decree city ( Seirei shitei toshi ). This is the total of 20 such Kumamoto city in Japan.

  • 3.1 Attractions
  • 3.2 Museums


Kumamoto is located north in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture approximately 110 kilometers south of Fukuoka and about 180 km north of Kagoshima. With 739 420 inhabitants, Kumamoto is the 17th largest city in Japan and the third largest in Kyushu after Fukuoka and Kitakyushu.


Kumamoto is divided into five boroughs ( -ku ) since 2012:

  • Chūō -ku (中央 区, "middle" )
  • Higashi -ku (东区, "East" )
  • Nishi -ku (西区, "West " )
  • Minami -ku (南 区, "South" )
  • Kita- ku (北区, "North" )

Adjacent Cities and Towns

  • Tamana
  • Uto
  • Uki
  • Koshi
  • Kikuchi
  • Yamaga
  • Mashiki


The annual average temperature is about 16 ° C and rainfall between 1,500 mm and 2,400 mm per year. Apart from the regions along the Ariake Sea prevails a continental warm temperate climate with large Temperaturuntschieden between summer and winter. Summer is characterized by excessive heat and high humidity. In winter, temperatures fall temporarily below freezing and it snows occasionally.


Mayor of Kumamoto is in its third term of office of the non-party Koyama Seishi since 2002. The city council has 49 seats. Largest fraction in the selected at the uniform regional elections in 2011 the city council with 19 seats, the LDP, followed by Kumamoto Mirai ( " Kumamoto future" ) from conservative non-party with 10 seats and Shamin · Minshu · Human Shimin Renmei ( " civic association Socialists, Democrats, people " ) with 8 seats. The Kōmeitō comes to 7 seats and the Communist Party of Japan on 3 seats. Each have a seat on the Nihon no Kyoiku o Oshieru Kai and Jiyu Kurabu (April 2012).

Culture and sights


  • The cityscape is dominated by the in the 60 partially reconstructed Kumamoto Castle. Some side building, which was built in 1607 and destroyed by a fire in 1877 during the Satsuma Rebellion castle are still preserved in its original state.
  • The former residence of the Hosokawa Gyobo, a younger brother of Hosokawa Tadatoshi, who was from 1633 to 1641 daimyo of the Kumamoto fief, is a well preserved samurai house, which was moved in 1993 to the derzeiten place near the castle.
  • Suizenji Park (水 前 寺 成 趣园), also known under the name (水 前 寺 公园), is a landscaped garden, the beginning was in 1636 created by Hosokawa Tadatoshi. To the pond in the center of the park stations of the Tōkaidō in historical miniature were simulated, including Mount Fuji.


  • Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (熊 本 県 立 美术馆)
  • Municipal Museum Kumamoto (熊 本 市立 熊 本 博物馆)
  • Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (熊 本市 现代 美术馆)


  • Street: Kyushu Expressway
  • National Road 3: to Kagoshima or Kitakyushu
  • JR Kyushu Shinkansen: Fukuoka to Kagoshima or
  • JR Kagoshima Main Line: to Kagoshima or Kitakyushu
  • JR hohi Main Line: Beppu

Northeast of the city there are the Kumamoto airport.


Economic importance of chemical and pharmaceutical industry have beside still textile processing, paper making and crafts in the outlying area to production sites are of semiconductor companies and it is grown rice and tobacco.

Science and Education

  • Universities and Colleges Heisei ongaku daigaku
  • Kumamoto Gakuen University
  • Kumamoto University
  • Kumamoto hoken kagaku daigaku
  • Kumamoto kenritsu daigaku
  • Kyushu Gakuin rūteru daigaku
  • Kyushu Tōkai daigaku
  • Shokei College
  • Sojo University

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Eiichiro Oda, mangaka
  • Tokunaga Sunao, writer
  • Yōko Shimada, Actress

The ancestors of former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, originate from the area of ​​Kumamoto.


Kumamoto is the home of the football club Roasso Kumamoto.

Twin Cities