Kumamoto is in the south central part of Kyushu. Kumamoto is an ordinance-designated city since April 1, 2012.
As of June 1, 2019, the city has an estimated population of 738,907 and a population density of 1,893 persons per km². The total area is 390.32 km².
The city's most famous landmark is Kumamoto Castle which was built in 1600, a large and in its day, extremely well fortified Japanese castle. The Castle was built by Kato Kiyomasa and the city grew around it.
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