Located in the Kyushu Mountains at the northern end of Kumamoto Prefecture in central Kyushu. The east, north, and west of the town area borders Oita Prefecture. About 80% of the town area is mountain forest, and about 75% of the forest is cedar artificial forest.
The main industry is agriculture and forestry. There are hot springs such as Kurokawa Onsen and Senomoto Kogen, which was selected as the No. 1 “Kumamoto Green 100 View” as sightseeing spots.