melon dome

Shichijo, Kumamoto

was a town located in Kikuchi District, Kumamoto, Japan. On March 22, 2005 the town merged with two other municipalities into the expanded city of Kikuchi and no longer exists as an independent municipality.

As of 2003, the town had an estimated population of 5,720 and a density of 279.02 persons per km². The total area was 20.50 km².

Shichijo means "Seven Castles" in Japanese. The town derived its name from the seven castles that surrounded the area. One of the most famous onsens in the Kumamoto-area, Kunakokujo, is constructed in the shape of castle.

Shichijo is also home to award-winning rice and melons. In the center of town is the Melon Dome, which is a farmer's market located under a structure shaped like melons.

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