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]

Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiKōchi-ken
Official seal of Kōchi
Location of Kōchi in Japan
Location of Kōchi in Japan
Country Japan
 • GovernorMasanao Ozaki
 • Total7,104.87 km2 (2,743.21 sq mi)
 • Rank14th
 (October 1, 2005)
 • Total796,196
 • Rank45th
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeJP-39
Prefectural flowerYamamomo (Myrica rubra)
Prefectural treeYanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
Prefectural birdFairy pitta (Pitta nympha)
Number of districts6
Number of municipalities34

History Edit

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

Geography Edit

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]

Cities Edit

Rivers Edit

Towns and villages Edit

These are the towns and villages in each district.

National Parks Edit

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

Shrines and Temples Edit

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

Great person Edit

Ryoma Sakamoto Katsutoyo Yamauchi Shintaro Nakaoka Taisuke Itagaki

Related pages Edit

References Edit

  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 websites Edit

  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