Kōchi Prefecture

prefecture of Japan

Kōchi Prefecture (高知県, Kōchi-ken) is a prefecture in the Shikoku region of Japan on the island of Shikoku.[1] The capital city is Kōchi.[2]

Kōchi Prefecture
Japanese: 高知県
Map of Japan with Kōchi highlighted
Capital Kōchi
Region Shikoku
Island Shikoku
Governor Masanao Ozaki
Area (rank) 7,104.87 km² (14th)
 - % water 0.2%
Population  (October 1, 2005)
 - Population 796,196 (45th)
 - Density 115 /km²
Districts 6
Municipalities 34
ISO 3166-2 JP-39
Website www.pref.kochi.lg.jp/english/
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Yamamomo (Myrica rubra)
 - Tree Yanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
 - Bird Fairy pitta (Pitta nympha)
 - Fish
Symbol of Kōchi Prefecture
Symbol of Kōchi Prefecture
Emblem of Kochi Prefecture.svg


Before to the Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province.[3]


Kōchi is in the southwestern part of Shikoku. The prefecture faces the Pacific Ocean. Ehime Prefecture is to the northwest. Tokushima Prefecture is to the northeast.

Kochi is famous for its clear streams. The most famous stream is Shimanto. The head of the Yoshino River is in Kōchi.[4]

Mount Inamura (Inamura-yama) is the highest peak in the prefecture. Its height is 1,506 m (4,941 ft) above sea level.[5]



Towns and villagesEdit

These are the towns and villages in each district.

National ParksEdit

National Parks are established in about 7% of the total land area of the prefecture.[6]

Shrines and TemplesEdit

Tosa jinja is the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) in the prefecture. [7]

Great personEdit

Ryoma Sakamoto Katsutoyo Yamauchi Shintaro Nakaoka Taisuke Itagaki

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōchi prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 538; Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), Kōchi Prefecture, Regional Information Archived 2013-01-27 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-4-6.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kōchi" at p. 538.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Berga, L. (2006). Dams and Reservoirs, Societies and Environment in the 21st Century, Vol. 1, p. 41.
  5. World Index, Imamura-yama; retrieved 2011-211-29.
  6. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 3 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved 2012-2-9.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Kōchi prefecture at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 33°26′N 133°26′E / 33.433°N 133.433°E / 33.433; 133.433