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Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Kumamoto Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr. Ikuo Kabashima, Governor
Assumed governorship of Kumamoto Prefecture
(third term) in April 2008




7,409.50km2 (2018)
15th largest of 47 prefectures


1,786,170 (as of October 2015)
Men: 841,046 Women: 945,124
23rd most populated of 47 prefectures


Nominal: JPY 5.5646 trillion
Real: JPY5.3816 trillion (both in FY2015)


Kumamoto City

Geographic features

Located roughly in the center of Kyushu. To the west, Kumamoto Prefecture faces the Ariake Sea and Yatsushiro Sea, as well as the open ocean to the East China Sea. The climate is warm in general with the coast of Amakusa islands having the northernmost coral reefs. The area around Kumamoto City has an inland climate with wide differences in temperature between hot and cold.

Main industries

Manufacture of: Electric parts and devices; Machine for production; Transportation equipment; Food (2016)


Prefectural tree: Camphor tree
Prefectural flower: Gentian
Prefectural bird: Lark
Prefectural Fish: Prawn

Number of visitors

Total 52,187 thousand (2017)

Administrative divisions

Kumamoto Prefecture --- 14 cities, 23 towns, 8 villages

Official website

Sources: Official website of Kumamoto Prefecture; Official website of Geographical Survey Institute; Official website of Statistics Japan.

(As of May, 2019)