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Hitoyoshi (hētōˈyōshē) [key], city (1990 pop. 40,173), Kumamoto prefecture, W central Kyushu, Japan, on the Kuma River. It is an agricultural center, railway junction, and popular resort area noted for its hot springs. It is a former Edo era castle town noted for its Aoi Asho (Shinto) shrine built in 1611.

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