Kochi Prefecture is blessed with beautiful and abundant nature under a shining sun such as the coastline with the Kuroshio Current (Japan Current), clear rivers such as the Shimanto River and deep green forests.
It has a history and environment which produced many pioneers and great men such as Sakamoto Ryoma.
Kochi's free and daring characteristics have created generous yet deeply strong residents called "Igosso" or "Hachikin," and the wisdom and activity of the people of Kochi, who are full of ideas, gave birth to special gardening crops and industrial technologies. Also, the unique regional culture represented by "Yosakoi Festival" has been developed.
Shikoku is one of the islands that make up the Japanese archipelago. It is one of Japan’s four main islands, which also include Hokkaido, Honshu and Kyushu, and is the smallest of the four. Shikoku is connected with Honshu by three bridges across the sea and is easily accessible from the Kansai (Osaka & vicinity) and Chugoku (Hiroshima & vicinity) regions.
Kochi Prefecture covers most of Shikoku’s southern half, and it takes about 1h20min to fly from Tokyo to Kochi and 45 minutes from Osaka.