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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 35
ISO 3166-2 JP-39
Website Kōchi website
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Yamamomo (Myrica rubra)
 - Tree Yanase Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica)
 - Bird Fairy pitta (Pitta nympha)
 - Fish {{{Fish}}}
Symbol of Kōchi Prefecture
Symbol of Kōchi Prefecture
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Map of Kōchi Prefecture.

Kōchi Prefecture (高知県 Kōchi-ken ?) is a prefecture of Japan located on the south coast of Shikoku. The capital is the city of Kōchi.



Prior to the Meiji Restoration, Kōchi was known as Tosa Province.


Kōchi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. 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 1506 meters above sea level.



Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district.




The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.



  • Nangoku Kochi F.C.

See also

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
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From Wikitravel

Asia : East Asia : Japan : Shikoku : Kochi
Kochi Prefecture

Kochi prefecture (高知県 Kochi-ken [1]) is on the Japanese island of Shikoku.


Kochi was formerly known as Tosa (土佐).

  • Kochi - the prefectural capital
  • Kubokawa - famous for beef
  • Nankoku - a neighboring city of Kochi known for its long-tailed roosters
  • Sukumo - terminus of the JR Dosan Line
  • Toyocho - famous for citrus, surfing, and Shirahama beach

Get in

By plane

Pint-sized Kōchi Ryōma Airport (IATA: KCZ) [2] has flights to Osaka-Itami, Osaka-Kansai, Tokyo-Haneda, Nagoya-Komaki and Naha (Okinawa). Buses to/from Kochi station (35-45 min, ¥700) leaves roughly twice an hour.

By train

The most popular way to arrive in Kochi by train is from Okayama, which is on the main island of Honshu. From Okayama take the Limited Express Nanpu train, and you will arrive in Kochi in approximately 2.5 hours.


The local specialty is katsuo no tataki, bonito quickly seared under high heat so the surface is cooked while the inside is still raw.


Liquor in all forms: the people of Kochi are known as the biggest drinkers in Japan. The women in Kochi are particularly renowned for their affinity and ability to drink. They are refered to as Hachikin, literally meaning 8 testicles since it is said that one Tosa (Kochi) woman can drink like four ordinary men. Kochi offers an abundance of locally made sake and shochu, and the friendly locals will surely approach you for a fun interaction at Kochi`s numerous bars.

17 sake breweries in Kochi make Tosa Space Sake (土佐宇宙酒 Tosa uchūshu), prepared with yeast that was taken into space for ten days and back aboard a Soyuz rocket in 2005, so be sure to sample some for a taste experience that is out of this world. Alternatively, try to track down some space yoghurt (宇宙を旅したヨーグルト Uchū wo tabi shita yōguruto, lit. "The yogurt that travelled in space") [3], prepared from the same yeast.

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