The Semicon Techno Park
The Semicon Techno Park is the hub of semiconductor manufacturing in Japan. There is considerable investment in the area by some of the largest semiconductor manufacturers around the world. Mitsubishi Electric, NEC, Renesas Technology, Sony, Tokyo Electron, Ebara, and other leading Japanese companies have set up operations in Kumamoto Prefecture.
Kumamoto is located in the center of the Silicon Island for its notable concentration of IT companies. Kyushu island is responsible for about 25% of the nation's IC production. 25% of that, or about 6% nationally, is shared by Kumamoto Prefecture. It is ninety-five minutes away from Tokyo by airplane (1,072km), but only eighty-five minutes from Seoul in Korea (631km). As the fifteenth largest prefecture in Japan, it covers approximately 7,402 square kilometers. The land mass is seven times that of Hong Kong or about half of Northern Ireland.
Location and Surrounding
Kumamoto prefectural college of technology lies in the eastern peripheral area around the City of Kumamoto. It is very close to Kumamoto-Aso airport and only takes 10 minutes to the airport by taxi. Its convenient location also allows easy access to the downtown area of Kumamoto city. On a clear day, KPCT commands a fine view of Mount Aso from the campus. In the geographical sense, Kumamoto has rich beautiful landscapes. Seventy percent of the land is covered by forests. Kumamoto has two national parks, one is the Aso Kuju National Park that includes the magnificent Aso volcano which boasts one of the largest and most beautiful calderas in the world, as well as Unzen Amakusa National Park that is comprised of 120 islands, both large and small.
|destination ||Time |
|Fukuoka ||80 min by JR |
|Itami (Osaka) airport ||60 min by air |
|Kyoto ||90 min by air and JR |
|Haneda (Tokyo) ||120 min by air |