is a town
located in Kamimashiki District
The town was formed on February 11, 2005 from the merger of the municipalities of Yabe and Seiwa with the town of Soyo from Aso District.
As of its founding but with 2003 population data, the town has an estimated population of 19,448 and a density of 35.7 persons per km². The total area is 544.83 km².