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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Higo Province highlighted

Higo Province (肥後国; Higo no kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area that is today Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyūshū. Along with Hizen Province, it was sometimes called Hishū (肥州).

Higo had borders with Chikugo, Bungo, Hyūga, Ōsumi, and Satsuma Provinces.


View of Higo Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1856

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. Maps of Japan and Higo Province were reformed in the 1870s.

Shrines and Temples

Aso-jinja was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Higo.

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