Location of Yatsushiro in Kumamoto Prefecture
|• Mayor||Kazuyoshi Fukushima (since September 2009)|
|• Total||680.59 km2 (262.78 sq mi)|
|Population (April 30, 2011)|
|• Density||196.34/km2 (508.5/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Flower||Yatsushirosō (Campanula glomerata var. dahurica)|
|- Bird||Common Kingfisher|
|Address||1-25 Matsuejōmachi, Yatsushiro-shi, Kumamoto-ken
Yatsushiro is known for its Myokensai festival on November 23 of each year, which includes a parade of horses through the streets of the city. Also, each fall Yatsushiro hosts one of Japan's largest fireworks displays.
Yatsushiro is known locally for its banpeiyu fruits which bear a resemblance to hugely oversized grapefruits.
The city's landmarks include the ruins of Yatsushiro Castle (now part of a shinto shrine) and the often overlooked port area that offers magnificent views of the nearby Amakusa islands and the local paper factory.
A flight of 777 stairs into the nearby mountains is located at one end of the town and is a popular attraction. The lookout point provides a panoramic view of the town and the coastal areas.
The main shopping area, the honmachi, is a covered arcade that runs for several city blocks. However, since the opening of two large malls nearby the area has been in decline.
- Yatsushiro Gu
- Yatsushiro Shrine
Famous people from Yatsushiro
- Aki Yashiro, singer
- Eri Ishida, actress
- Haruto Kō, poet and novelist
- Junichi Kashiwabara, baseball player
- Kaiseki Sata, monk
- Kazumi Sonokawa, baseball player
- Kimiko Jinnai, badminton player
- Kosuke Noda, baseball player
- Matsui Okinaga, samurai
- Matsuki Miyazaki, doctor
- Nishiyama Sōin, haikai-no-renga poet
- Nobuhiko Matsunaka, baseball player
- Nobuyuki Hirai, weather presenter
- Shoko Asahara, founder of Aum Shinrikyo
- Yujiro Fukushima, composer
- Yuriko Hatano, announcer
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