Yatsushiro, Kumamoto

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Yatsushiro
八代市
City
Flag of Yatsushiro
Flag
Location of Yatsushiro in Kumamoto Prefecture
Location of Yatsushiro in Kumamoto Prefecture
Yatsushiro is located in Japan
Yatsushiro
Yatsushiro
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°30′N 130°36′E / 32.500°N 130.600°E / 32.500; 130.600Coordinates: 32°30′N 130°36′E / 32.500°N 130.600°E / 32.500; 130.600
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kumamoto Prefecture
Government
 • Mayor Kazuyoshi Fukushima (since September 2009)
Area
 • Total 680.59 km2 (262.78 sq mi)
Population (April 30, 2011)
 • Total 133,630
 • Density 196.34/km2 (508.5/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Symbols
- Tree Pomelo
- Flower Yatsushirosō (Campanula glomerata var. dahurica)
- Bird Common Kingfisher
Address 1-25 Matsuejōmachi, Yatsushiro-shi, Kumamoto-ken
866-8601
Phone number 0965-33-4111
Website Yatsushiro City

Yatsushiro (八代市 Yatsuhiro-shi?) is a city located in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan.

As of April 30, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 133,630 and a population density of 196.34 persons per km². The total area is 680.59 km².

On August 1, 2005, Yatsushiro absorbed the towns of Kagami and Senchō, and the villages of Izumi, Sakamoto and Tōyō (all from Yatsushiro District) to create the new and expanded city of Yashushiro.

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.

Tourism[edit]

  • Yatsushiro Gu
  • Yatsushiro Shrine

Famous people from Yatsushiro[edit]

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