Kumamoto City became a government-ordinance-designated city on April 1, 2012. The government-ordinance-designated-city system allows Kumamoto City greater authority and financial resources than under its previous “city” status. The system also provides the fullest extent of decentralization from national government, and an administration compatible with a major city.
With Kumamoto City’s change of status to a government-ordinance-designated city, it is organized into five “ku” or wards, and from April 1, 2012 addresses include a “ku” name before Kumamoto City. Addresses given for touristic sites also include a “ku” name, so please be aware of this when using addresses.
Kumamoto Castle 1-1,Honmaru Kumamoto city
Kumamoto Castle 1-1,Honmaru Chuo-Ku Kumamoto city
At the time this information was posted, how map services such as Google Maps are responding to this change is unconfirmed.
The five "ku"are as follows:
"Chuo-ku", “Higashi-ku”, "Nishi-ku", "Minami-ku" and "Kita-ku"
There are no changes to town names, block numbers or postal/zip codes used in addresses, or to phone numbers.
For a detailed map of Kumamoto City, please download and use the map below.