Kōchi Prefecture

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Kōchi
高知県
Japanese transcription(s)
 • RomajiKōchi-ken
Official seal of Kōchi
Location of Kōchi in Japan
Location of Kōchi in Japan
Country Japan
RegionShikoku
IslandShikoku
CapitalKōchi
Government
 • GovernorMasanao Ozaki
Area
 • Total7,104.87 km2 (2,743.21 sq mi)
Area rank14th
Population
 (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
Websitewww.pref.kochi.lg.jp/english/
Emblem of Kochi Prefecture.svg

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]

History[change | change source]

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

Geography[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

Rivers[change | change source]

Towns and villages[change | change source]

These are the towns and villages in each district.

National Parks[change | change source]

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

Shrines and Temples[change | change source]

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

Great person[change | change source]

Ryoma Sakamoto Katsutoyo Yamauchi Shintaro Nakaoka Taisuke Itagaki

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  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[change | change source]

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