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Not to be confused with Utö in Finland and Sweden.

Uto (宇土) is a city in Kumamoto (prefecture) on the island of Kyushu, Japan.


The city has some 40,000 inhabitants on 75 km².

Tourist information site[edit]

The local tourist association has a Japanese-only guide site with basic navigation in English.

Get in[edit]

Uto is a stop on the JR Kagoshima Line.

By train[edit]

From Hakata station in Fukuoka, take the Relay Tsubame or Ariake limited express train to Kumamoto and transfer to the Kagoshima line local train for the run to Uto (1 hour 40 minutes, ¥4090). Local trains from Fukuoka take about 2½ hours at a cost of ¥2420 (at least one change of trains is required).

Get around[edit]



The Uto Jizo Festival is held yearly on 23-24 August.



There are some famous and delicious foods in Uto city.

  • Utomochi (うと餅) and Kosodemochi (小袖餅): Small rice cake with red bean paste inside. Two shops near the station sell them with different tradenames. Around \300 per pack.



Go next[edit]

Routes through Uto
FukuokaKumamoto  N  S  OgawaKagoshima

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