Kōchi Prefecture

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Kōchi Prefecture
高知県
Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese 高知県
 • Rōmaji Kōchi-ken
Flag of Kōchi Prefecture
Flag
Location of Kōchi Prefecture
Coordinates: 33°26′N 133°26′E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433Coordinates: 33°26′N 133°26′E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Capital Kōchi (city)
Government
 • Governor Masanao Ozaki
Area
 • 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]

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]

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

Geography[edit]

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 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]

Kochi City
Nankoku
Susaki

Cities[edit]

Map of Kōchi Prefecture

Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:

Towns and villages[edit]

These are the towns and villages in each district:

Mergers[edit]

Tourism[edit]

Media[edit]

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

Sports[edit]

The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.

Baseball[edit]

Football[edit]

Food[edit]

Like most areas of Japan, Kochi 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.

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