Mifune is a small town located in the center of Kumamoto Prefecture with a population of about 18,000 people. It is situated in Kamimashiki-gun and is approximately 30-40 minutes drive to the center of Kumamoto city. Smaller towns are situated close by - Yabe: 45 minutes, Mashiki: 20 minutes, Kousa: 5 minutes. There are two JET placements in this town.
There is a bus service that runs approximately every 20 minutes to both the city and other areas in Kamimashiki-gun. The Airport is approximately 25 minutes drive from the town office. Sadly there is no train station in Mifune. A car is necessary for the Senior High School ALT as one school is not on a bus route and is a 50 minute drive.
Two ALTs. One Elementary/Junior High, one Senior High School.
Senior High School - visits three schools - Mifune (base), Yabe, Izumi Agricultural School (Yatsushiro).
There are numerous things to see in Mifune, including a dinosaur museum, a few temples, local historic bridges and is situated close to numerous tourist areas.
Mifune has three supermarkets, two drugstores, several clothing stores (Sanki), a Best Denki, a Direx, a Yamada, a Homewide, Daiso (Hyaku-en store) and smaller home-based stores. The Maruei supermarket has the largest selection of goods and is reasonably priced (Tuesdays have 100 yen specials on meat). It is also very easy to buy fresh locally grown vegetables here.
Mifune is situated approximately 10-15 minutes drive from Aeon Clair Mall, one of the largest malls in the area. This mall has numerous restaurants to eat at (including standard fast food (KFC, Subway, McDonalds, Mister Donut, Starbucks, Tullys etc.) and several restaurants (curry, Italian, Spanish, 'American', as well as Japanese fare)), a large supermarket, Kaldi Coffee House (which sells international food), a Lush store, Sports Authority, etc.
A few restaurants are available in Mifune town, including numerous bars, a family restaurant and several yakitori bars.
Mifune has a local bank, post office, numerous hospitals, several childcare centers, a pool, gym and cultural center and an events hall.