Kōchi Prefecture

Kōchi Prefecture

Kōchi Prefecture
高知県
Prefecture
Japanese transcription(s)
 • Japanese 高知県
 • Rōmaji Kōchi-ken
Official logo of Kōchi Prefecture
Symbol of Kōchi Prefecture
Location of Kōchi Prefecture
Coordinates:
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 //english.jp.lg.kochi.prefwww

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]

Geography

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 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

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Kōchi prefecture" in , p. 538Japan Encyclopedia, 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".  
  5. ^ http://otakumode.com/news/5174b304bec5fa0972002de6/Yukiyo-Teramoto-Makes-Short-Insert-Anime-for-ldquo-Prefectural-Office-Hospitality-Department-The-Movie-rdquo

References

  • Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric and Käthe Roth. (2005). Japan encyclopedia. Cambridge: Harvard University Press. 10-ISBN 0-674-01753-6; 13-ISBN 978-0-674-01753-5; OCLC 58053128

External links

  • Official website (English)