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|• Governor||Masanao Ozaki|
|• Total||7,104.87 km2 (2,743.21 sq mi)|
|Population (December 1, 2011)|
|• Density||106.68/km2 (276.3/sq mi)|
|ISO 3166 code||JP-39|
|Flower||Yamamomo ( Myrica rubra )|
|Tree||Yanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)|
|Bird||Fairy pitta (Pitta nympha)|
Kōchi Prefecture(高知県Kōchi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. The capital is the city of Kōchi.
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.
Kōchi City is also the birthplace of noted revolutionary Sakamoto Ryōma.
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.
Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:
These are the towns and villages in each district:
The 2013 movie Hospitality Department (Kencho Omotenashi Ka) is set in Kōchi.The film shows views of Kōchi Prefecture.
The 2009 movie The Harimaya Bridge starring Danny Glover was set in Kochi.
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.
The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.