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
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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

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.

Geography

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

Map of Kōchi Prefecture

Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district:

Mergers

Tourism

Media

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

Sports

The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.

Baseball

Football

Food

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.

See also

Notes

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōchi prefecture" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 538, p. 538, at Google Books.
  2. Nussbaum, "Kōchi" at p. 538, p. 538, at Google Books.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780, p. 780, at Google Books.
  4. "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture" (PDF). Ministry of the Environment. Retrieved 19 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. http://otakumode.com/news/5174b304bec5fa0972002de6/Yukiyo-Teramoto-Makes-Short-Insert-Anime-for-ldquo-Prefectural-Office-Hospitality-Department-The-Movie-rdquo

References

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