Kōchi Prefecture ( is a 高知県 Kōchi-ken) prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. The capital is the city of [1 ] Kōchi. [2 ]
History [ edit ]
Prior to the
Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province and was controlled by the Chosokabe clan in the Sengoku period and the Yamauchi family during the Edo period. [3 ]
Geography [ edit ]
Kōchi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the
Pacific Ocean. 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 Kochi 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 ]
Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:
Towns and villages [ edit ]
These are the towns and villages in each
Mergers [ edit ]
Tourism [ edit ]
The 2013 movie Hospitality Department (Kencho Omotenashi Ka) is set in Kōchi.
The film shows views of Kochi Prefecture. [5 ]
The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.
Baseball [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōchi prefecture" in , p. 538, at Japan Encyclopedia , p. 538 Google Books.
^ Nussbaum, "Kōchi" at , p. 538, at p. 538 Google Books.
^ Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at , p. 780, at p. 780 Google Books.
^ "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment . Retrieved . 19 August 2012
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