Sakawa, Kōchi

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View of Sakawa Town and Mount Kokuzo
View of Sakawa Town and Mount Kokuzo
Flag of Sakawa
Official seal of Sakawa
Location of Sakawa in Kōchi Prefecture
Location of Sakawa in Kōchi Prefecture
Sakawa is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 33°30′N 133°17′E / 33.500°N 133.283°E / 33.500; 133.283Coordinates: 33°30′N 133°17′E / 33.500°N 133.283°E / 33.500; 133.283
Country Japan
Region Shikoku
Prefecture Kōchi Prefecture
District Takaoka
 • Total 101.21 km2 (39.08 sq mi)
Population (January 1, 2017)
 • Total 13,223
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

Sakawa (佐川町?, Sakawa-chō) is a town located in Takaoka District, Kōchi Prefecture, Japan. It is 28 km west of Kōchi City.

As of January 1, 2017, Sakawa has an estimated population of 13‚223[1] and a population density of 130 persons per km². The total area is 101.21 km².


Sakawa is a valley town and surrounded by mountains on all sides. The landscape is hilly and the roads and footpaths are winding and narrow.

The tallest mountain in Sakawa is Mt. Kokuzo, standing at 675m tall. Many rivers also run through the town, which are tributaries of the Niyodogawa River.


Sakawa experiences extreme seasons. Spring and Fall are mild and cool. Summer is very warm and temperatures routinely reach 35 °C with 100% humidity. The coldest months are January and February with temperatures around 10 °C during the day. There are usually one or two light snowfalls in January. The rainy season is from June to August and typhoons are common during this time.

Sakawa is also known for its noticeable temperature differences between day and night. Temperatures can dip as much as ten degrees once the sun goes down.


Many of the town's residents are farmers. Rice, Japanese pears, tea leaves, soybeans, strawberries, and many other crops are grown on family plots in town.


Sakawa is famous for the production of Tsukasabotan, a type of sake. There is a brewery in town that offers free tours and samples.

The town is also home to artisans who produce hand-made earthenware and woven bamboo products.

Sites of Historical Interest[edit]

Sakawa is the home of the Old Seizan Library, the only Western-style wooden structure still standing in Kōchi Prefecture. Although no longer in use as a library (a new building houses all the historical texts,) the house remains open as a small museum and historical site.

In 1987, 10,000-year-old evidence of human settlement was discovered in a region of town known as the Sakawa Basin.[2] Since then, Sakawa has been named “Mecca of geology in Japan” because "some of the world’s rarest and most precious fossils have been unearthed" in Sakawa.[3] The site is open for tours.

Notable People[edit]

Tomitaro Makino, Father of Japanese Botany.

Ono Daisuke, voice actor.

Assistant Language Teachers[edit]

The town participates in the JET Programme and currently employs two JET Assistant Language English Teacher at the junior high schools and elementary schools in the central area (Sakawa) and the peripheral areas (Ogawa, Kuroiwa and Togano).

An Assistant Language English Teacher hired privately is employed at Sakawa Senior High School.


  1. ^ "Official website of Sakawa Town" (in Japanese). Japan: Sakawa Town. Retrieved 3 May 2017. 
  2. ^ Sakagami, Sumio. "On the Tuffaceous Conglomerate at Northwestern Part of Koike in the Sakawa Basin, Shikoku, Japan". Retrieved 2008-03-28. 
  3. ^ Hashikake, Naoma. "International Workshop on Water Science and Technology". Retrieved 2008-03-28. 

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