Kōchi Prefecture

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Kōchi Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese 高知県
 • Rōmaji Kōchi-ken
Flag of Kōchi Prefecture
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)
 • 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]


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 Ryoma.


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


Map of Kōchi Prefecture

Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:

Towns and villages[edit]

These are the towns and villages in each district:




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


The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.




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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