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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




7,103.03 km2 (2022)
18th largest of 47 prefectures


677,872 (as of June 2022)
Men: 320,456 Women: 357,416


Nominal: JPY 2.4646 trillion
Real: JPY 2.4098 trillion (both as of FY2019) 


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 2,667,000 (2020)

Administrative divisions

Kochi Prefecture –11 cities, 17 towns, 6 villages

Official website

Source:   Official website of Kochi Prefecture, Kochi Prefecture [Estimated Population Monthly Survery(as of June 1st, 2022)], [2020 Report on the state of tourists visiting from outside the prefecture], Geographical Survey Institute [2022 National administrative regions and local municipalities area survey], Cabinet Office [2019 Economic and Social Research Institute]

(As of June, 2022)