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Kumamoto is the capital city of Kumamoto Prefecture on Kyushu island of Japan. Kumamoto is famous for its Kumamoto Castle and Suizenji Koen Park, which contains one of the most beautiful gardens in Japan.
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Kato Kiyomasa, a contemporary of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, was daimyo of the
former administrative region of Higo in the 16th Century. Kumamoto
Castle was established by Kato Kiyomasa.
Later, Tokugawa Ieyasu replaced him with the Hosokawa clan. Former Prime Minister of Japan Hosokawa Morihiro is a descendant of the Hosokawa clan of Kumamoto. Former president of Peru Alberto Fujimori's ancestors emigrated from Kumamoto early in the 20th century.
The city's most famous landmark is Kumamoto Castle, a large, and in its day, an extremely well fortified Japanese castle. The donjon (castle central keep) is a concrete reconstruction built in the 1970s, but several ancillary wooden buildings remain of the original castle.
English-speaking visitors will probably find most useful: Shark Attack bar, Jeff's World Bar, Kumamoto International Centre, and Kinokuniya. There is also a lively email discussion group for international (for which read English-speaking) residents or visitors to Kumamoto - called Kumamoto-I .
Kumamoto city is home to Suizenji Koen (Park), a formal garden neighbouring the Suizenji Temple approximately 10 kilometres west of Kumamoto Castle. Suizenji Koen is considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in remaining Japan, together with Kenroku-en in the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and the gardens Kairaku-en and Koraku-en.