Kōchi Prefecture


Kōchi Prefecture

Infobox Prefecture Japan
Name = Kōchi
JapaneseName = 高知県
Rōmaji = Kōchi-ken
Symbol = PrefSymbol-Kochi.png coordinates = coord|33|26|N|133|26|E|scale:500000|display=inline,title
Capital = Kōchi
Region = Shikoku
Island = Shikoku
TotalArea = 7,104.87
AreaRank = 14th
PCWater = 0.2
PopDate = October 1, 2005
Population = 796,196
PopRank = 45th
Density = 115
Districts = 6
Municipalities = 35
ISOCode = JP-39
Flower = Yamamomo ("Myrica rubra")
Tree = Yanase Sugi ("Cryptomeria japonica")
Bird = Fairy



Website = [http://www.pref.kochi.jp/index_e.html Kōchi website]
Governor = Masanao Ozaki
nihongo|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.

History

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

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 1506 meters above sea level.

Cities

Eleven cities are located in Kōchi Prefecture:
*Aki
*Kami
*Kōchi (capital)
*Kōnan
*Muroto
*Nankoku
*Shimanto
*Sukumo
*Susaki
*Tosa
*Tosashimizu

Towns and villages

These are the towns and villages in each district.

Mergers

Sports

The sports teams listed below are based in Kōchi.

Baseball
*Kochi Fighting Dogs

See also

*Yosakoi Festival
*Tosa Domain

External links

* [http://www.pref.kochi.jp/index_e.html Official Kōchi Prefecture homepage] in English


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