Arao, Kumamoto

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Arao City hall
Arao City hall
Flag of Arao
Official seal of Arao
Location of Arao in Kumamoto Prefecture
Location of Arao in Kumamoto Prefecture
Arao is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 32°59′00″N 130°26′07″E / 32.98333°N 130.43528°E / 32.98333; 130.43528Coordinates: 32°59′00″N 130°26′07″E / 32.98333°N 130.43528°E / 32.98333; 130.43528
Country Japan
Region Kyushu
Prefecture Kumamoto Prefecture
 • Mayor Jyunji Maehata (since January 2003)
 • Total 57.15 km2 (22.07 sq mi)
Population (March 31, 2017)
 • Total 53,675
 • Density 940/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
 • Tree Pinus
 • Flower Pyraspyrifolia
Time zone UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
City hall address 390 Kunai-Deme, Arao-shi, Kumamoto-ken

Arao (荒尾市, Arao-shi) is a city in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan. The city was founded on April 1, 1942.[citation needed]

As of March 31, 2017, the city has an estimated population of 53,675, with 24,153 households[1] and a population density of 940 persons per km². The total area is 57.15 km².[citation needed]


Arao was once a large coal mining town, but it has since lost a great deal of its population, due to the closing of the mine 11 years ago. Some schools that once housed 1,500 children have now been looking at declining enrollments down 1,000 students or more. Arao's political concentration is on tourism, to try to lure people back to this once heavily populated land. Recent hopes to pull in tourists are in its two big amusement parks, Mitsui Greenland and Ultraman Land.


One notable aspect of this city includes Shōdai ware, an art form almost completely exclusive to Arao, involving slow kilning and under glazing.

Also, the Arao nashi pear is a fruit product grown widely in this town. The pear is round, brown and about the size of a bowling ball.


  1. ^ "Official website of Arao City" (in Japanese). Japan: Arao City. Retrieved 30 April 2017. 

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