Welcome to Kumamoto Prefecture

Kumamoto-ken (熊本県) is the crossroads of Kyūshū. Chief draws are the city of Kumamoto, whose castle played a key role in Japanese history, and Mt Aso (Aso-san), the gigantic and very active volcanic crater at the island's centre. It's also got its own rampantly popular icon, Kumamon, soon to take its place along side Kitty-chan and Pikachu in the kawaii culture hall of fame. The region was hit by strong earthquakes... Read More

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