Kōchi Prefecture

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Kōchi Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
   Japanese 高知県
   Rōmaji Kōchi-ken


Coordinates: 33°26′N133°26′E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433 Coordinates: 33°26′N133°26′E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Kōchi (city)
   Governor Masanao Ozaki
  Total 7,104.87 km2 (2,743.21 sq mi)
Area rank 14th
Population (December 1, 2011)
  Total 757,914
  Rank 45th
  Density 106.68/km2 (276.3/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code JP-39
Districts 6
Municipalities 34
Flower Yamamomo ( Myrica rubra )
Tree Yanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
Bird Fairy pitta (Pitta nympha)
Website www.pref.kochi.lg.jp/english/

Kōchi Prefecture(高知県,Kōchi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. [1] The capital is the city of Kōchi. [2]



Sakamoto Ryōma

Prior to the Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Chōsokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi clan during the Edo period. [3]

Kōchi City is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ryōma.


Map of Kōchi Prefecture
     City     Town

Kōchi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is bordered by Ehime to the north-west and Tokushima to the north-east. It is the largest but least populous of Shikoku's four prefectures. Most of the province is mountainous, and in only a few areas such as around Kōchi and Nakamura is there a coastal plain. Kōchi is famous for its many rivers. Inamura-yama in Tosa-cho is the highest peak in Kōchi prefecture with an altitude of 1,506 meters above sea level.

As of April 1, 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Ashizuri-Uwakai National Park; Ishizuchi, Muroto-Anan Kaigan, and Tsurugisan Quasi-National Parks; and eighteen Prefectural Natural Parks. [4]


Skyline of Kōchi City

Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:



Cape of Ashizuri
Cape of Muroto


The 2013 movie Hospitality Department (Kencho Omotenashi Ka) is set in Kōchi. [5] The film shows views of Kōchi Prefecture.

The 2009 movie The Harimaya Bridge starring Danny Glover was set in Kochi. [6] [7]




Like most areas of Japan, Kōchi advertises itself as specialising in a major food item, in this case, Katsuo no Tataki. Katsuo no Tataki is Skipjack Tuna or Bonito, lightly seared. Traditionally this is done over the straw generated as a by-product of the rice harvest.

Festival and events



The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.


See also


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōchi prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 538 , p. 538, at Google Books.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kōchi" at p. 538 , p. 538, at Google Books.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780 , p. 780, at Google Books.
  4. "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment . Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  5. "Yukiyo Teramoto Makes Short Insert Anime for "Prefectural Office Hospitality Department: The Movie" - Tokyo Otaku Mode News". otakumode.com.
  6. Matt Alt; Hiroko Yoda; Melinda Joe (27 March 2012). Frommer's? Japan Day by Day. John Wiley & Sons. p. 532. ISBN   978-0-470-90826-6.
  7. Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt (March 2014). Embracing Differences: Transnational Cultural Flows between Japan and the United States. transcript Verlag. p. 254. ISBN   978-3-8394-2600-5.


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