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Kyūshū Shinkansen and the skyline of the city with Kumamoto Castle in the background

Kumamoto-shi is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture in Japan.

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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