Congress Report
Photo: Nara City Sightseeing Information Center, Kofuku-ji Temple
Photo taken by Tatehiko Yano
Kochi Prefecture

Head of Prefectural Government

Mr.Seiji Hamada , Governor
Assumed governorship of Kochi Prefecture (first term) in December 2019




7,103.60 km2 (2021)
18th largest of 47 prefectures


684,632 (as of April 2021)
Men: 322,961 Women: 361,671


Nominal: JPY JPY 2.4190 trillion
Real: JPY 2.3095trillion (both as of FY2018)


Kochi City

Geographical features

Located on the south coast of Shikoku, Kochi Prefecture is shaped like a long narrow fan. It has 713.2 km of coastline on the Pacific Ocean. In the western part of the prefecture, the coastline is deeply indented with the remains of river valleys, while the eastern part has a raised coast with flat beaches. There are also many mountainous areas, with more than 100 peaks over 1,000 m. About 84% of the prefecture is covered in forest, making Kochi the most-forested prefecture in Japan.

Main industries

Horticultural agriculture (myoga, eggplant, sweet green pepper, ginger, garlic chive, green pepper, lily etc.),food product manufacturing


Prefectural tree:Yanase cedar
Prefectural flower: Japanese bayberry
Prefectural bird:Fairy Pitta

Number of visitors

Total 4,388,000 (2019)

Administrative divisions

Kochi Prefecture –11 cities, 17 towns, 6 villages

Official website

Source:   Official website of Kochi Prefecture,Kochi Prefecture [2019 Report on the state of tourists visiting from outside the prefecture], [Estimated Population Monthly Survery(as of April 1st, 2021)] Geographical Survey Institute [2021 National administrative regions and local municipalities area survey], Cabinet Office [2018 Economic and Social Research Institute], Kochi Prefecture’s manuscript of Current Situation and Challenges edited for the 1st East Asia Local and Regional Government Congress

(As of April, 2021)