Kumamoto City

KGU is located in the heart of Kumamoto City, the capital of Kumamoto Prefecture, in the middle of Kyushu. In April 2012, Kumamoto City became an ordinance-designated city. With the opening of the new Kyushu Shinkansen (bullet train) line, Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu, is even more accesible. Living costs are cheaper compared to bigger cities like Tokyo or Osaka but Kumamoto has many of the amenities of a larger city.


■ for Kumamoto Prefecture
Area : 7,404.73㎢
Population : 1,812,000
■ for Kumamoto City
Area : 389.53㎢
Population : 736,000
■ Average Temperature in:
January (Winter) : 5 ℃ (41°F)
April (Spring) : 15 ℃ (59°F)
August (Summer) : 28 ℃ (82°F)
October (Autumn ): 18 ℃ (64°F)

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Lively City


  • Kumamoto people are warm-hearted and friendly.
  • Enjoy city life in a vibrant city with its shopping arcades, restaurants and cafes to meet friends, relax and have fun.
  • Kumamoto offers a variety of local festivals you can participate in, such as the Hinokuni Festival, Fujisakigu Festival or the Mizuakari Festival.

History and Culture

Kumamoto Castle

  • Kumamoto Castle is considered one of Japan's three premier castles and has a history of more than 400 years.
  • Suizenji Park is a historical Japanese garden built by the Hosokawa clan.
  • The city has many cultural facilities such as the Contemporary Art Museum, the Kumamoto Prefectural Art Museum and the Kumamoto City Museum.



Mount Aso

  • Kumamoto City is surrounded by pure and rich nature, giving you many opportunities for outdoor activities.
  • Mount Aso, a large active volcano featuring one of the largest calderas in the world, can be reached within an hour.
  • The sea at Amakusa provides ideal opportunities for water sports or watching wildlife.
  • Kumamoto City's drinking water is 100% natural groundwater.

How to get to Kumamoto Citypage top


■ From Fukuoka Airport
Take highway bus "Hinokuni" to Kumamoto Kotsu Center. (Time : 2 hours, Cost : 2,000 yen)
Take subway to Hakata JR station (Time : 5 min., Cost : 250 yen), and to Kumamoto JR station by Kyushu Shinkansen.
(Time : 33~51 min., Cost : 4,480 yen)
■ From Kumamoto Airport
Take Limousine Bus to Kumamoto Kotsu Center.
(Time : 40 min., Cost : 670 yen)