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Kumamoto Prefecture
Japanese: 熊本県
Kumamoto-ken
Map of Japan with Kumamoto highlighted
Capital Kumamoto
Region Kyūshū
Island Kyūshū
Governor Ikuo Kabashima
Area (rank) 7,404.14 km² (16th)
 - % water 0.2%
Population  (October 1, 2005)
 - Population 1,842,140 (23rd)
 - Density 249 /km²
Districts 10
Municipalities 48
ISO 3166-2 JP-43
Website www.pref.kumamoto.jp/
english/list.html
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Gentian (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri)
 - Tree Camphor tree (Cinnamomum camphora)
 - Bird Eurasian Skylark (Alauda arvensis)
 - Fish {{{Fish}}}
Symbol of Kumamoto Prefecture
Symbol of Kumamoto Prefecture
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Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県 Kumamoto-ken ?) is a prefecture of Japan located on Kyūshū Island. The capital is the city of Kumamoto.

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History

Historically the area was called Higo Province and was renamed to Kumamoto Prefecture during the Meiji Restoration as part of the abolition of the feudal system. The current Japanese orthography for Kumamoto literally means "bear root/origin", or "origin of the bear".

Geography

Map of Kumamoto Prefecture showing municipal boundaries.

Kumamoto Prefecture is located in the center of Kyūshū, the southernmost of the four major Japanese islands. It is bordered by the Ariake inland sea and the Amakusa archipelago to the west, Fukuoka Prefecture and Ōita Prefecture to the north, Miyazaki Prefecture to the east, and Kagoshima Prefecture to the south.

Mt. Aso (1592 m), an extensive active volcano, is in the east of Kumamoto Prefecture. This volcano is located at the center of the Aso caldera, the most famous caldera in Japan.

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Cities

Fourteen cities are located in Kumamoto Prefecture:

Towns and villages

Towns and villages in each district:

Reihoku
Ashikita
Tsunagi
Minamiaso
Minamioguni
Nishihara
Oguni
Takamori
Ubuyama
Kashima
Kōsa
Mashiki
Mifune
Yamato
Ueki
Kikuyō
Ōzu
Asagiri
Itsuki
Kuma
Mizukami
Nishiki
Sagara
Taragi
Yamae
Yunomae
Jōnan
Misato
Gyokutō
Nagasu
Nagomi
Nankan
Hikawa

Mergers

Economy

Kumamoto hosts a large Honda automobile plant. In 2007, a Honda factory on the site began to produce non-silicon solar cells for homes and businesses, with a projected capacity roughly equivalent to 8,000 households/year.[1]

Demographics

Tourism

Kumamoto's main tourist attractions consist of Mt. Aso, one of the worlds largest active volcanoes, Kumamoto castle and Suizenji park. There is also a Mitsui Greenland amusement park in Arao.

Prefectural symbols

Miscellaneous topics

External links

Coordinates: 32°43′N 130°40′E / 32.717°N 130.667°E / 32.717; 130.667


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Kumamoto (prefecture) article)

From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : Japan : Kyushu : Kumamoto
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Kumamoto (熊本) [1] is a prefecture on the island of Kyushu, in Japan.

  • Aso highland area, with an immense caldera, numerous hot spring resorts, fine hiking courses, and an active volcano to look down into.
  • Amakusa beaches and relaxed lifestyle on the eastern islands
  • Kikuchi and Yamaga hot springs everywhere
  • Arao and Tamana Mitsu Greenland adventure theme park
  • Uto and Mashiki
  • Yatsushiro, Ashikita and Minamata south coast
  • Hitoyoshi and Kuma nature at its best
  • Kumamoto - Prefectural capital with one of Japan's grandest castles

Eat

There are several unique traditional foods in Kumamoto prefecture. First, karashirenkon is one of the most popular foods in Kumamoto. This is lotus root with mustard stuffed into the holes, covered with soybean and wheat flour, and fried. Second, basashi is also popular as traditional food of Kumamoto. It's raw horse meat, and people in Kumamoto eat it with soy sauce and ginger. In addition, takana, a type of vegetable, is one of the specialties of Aso, and there are many types of seafood in Amakusa. Furthermore, Kumamoto is famous for boiled pork-rib (tonkotsu) ramen noodles. People sometimes form a line to eat it in front of the shop.

Ikinaridango is famous sweet in Kumamoto. It contains a sweetpotato and anko. Then they are covered with a dough made from wheat flour. When you bite it, you'll find the contained a sweetpotato has a light, dry texture. "Ikinari" of ikinaridango means "sonomama"- "as it is" or "just like that" in Kumamoto area. It also called Ikinaridago or Ikinarimanzyu. It costs 80-100 yen. You should try it once!

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