Kumamoto (熊本市, Kumamoto-shi) is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on the island of Kyushu, Japan. Greater Kumamoto (熊本都市圏) is the wider metropolis. As of 2010, Kumamoto Metropolitan Employment Area has a GDP of US$39.8 billion. It is not considered part of the Fukuoka–Kitakyushu metropolitan area, despite their shared border.
The JR Kumamoto station provides rail links to Japan's extensive rail network. Fukuoka's Hakata station gives a direct high-speed rail link to Tokyo.
Kumamoto Airport is located in nearby Mashiki.
Kumamoto City is twinned with the following cities: Billings, Montana, United States • Bristol, United Kingdom • Guilin, Guangxi, People's Republic of China • Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany • Helena, Montana, United States • San Antonio, Texas, United States • Ulsan, South Korea • Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Kumamoto has a population of over 738,900 people. Kumamoto also forms part of the Greater Kumamoto metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,461,000 people.