🇯🇵 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 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.
Twin Towns – Sister Cities Kumamoto City is twinned with: 🇺🇸 Billings, Montana, United States; 🇬🇧 Bristol, United Kingdom; 🇨🇳 Guilin, Guangxi, China; 🇩🇪 Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany; 🇺🇸 Helena, Montana, United States; 🇺🇸 San Antonio, Texas, United States; 🇰🇷 Ulsan, South Korea; 🇹🇼 Kaohsiung, Taiwan.