A guide to Japan's prefectures and major cities
|Area:||7,405 square km (2,859 square miles)|
|Population:||1.80 million as of October 2013|
Business & Industry:
Kumamoto Prefecture is Japan’s largest producer of watermelons and tomatoes, also the country’s second-largest producer of hinoki cypress, and third largest of cedar trees. Many semiconductor and precision component makers using a vast amount of water are located in the prefecture because of the affluent natural water supply.
Tourism & Culture:
The dynamic spectacle of Mount Aso, Japan’s largest active volcano, and its surrounding caldera are the symbol of the prefecture, attracting more than 18 million tourists a year. The Aso Caldera is exceptionally unique because towns, agricultural lands and even railways have been developed on the caldera land.
Kumamoto Castle, constructed in 1607, is regarded as one of Japan’s prominent castles built by samurai. The prefecture is also famous for producing rush used for Japanese straw mats.