Kochi Prefecture, formerly named Tosa, is located in the southern part of Shikoku Island. The Prefecture extends in a crescent-shape, running east to west, and is bordered by Tosa Bay to the south. It is blessed with beautiful and abundant nature, including the coastline, along which runs the Kuroshio Current; clear rivers, such as the Shimanto River and Niyodo River; and deep green forests which cover 84% of the prefecture, the largest percentage of any prefecture in Japan. It receives the most hours of sunshine, has a mild climate throughout the year, and receives a large amount of annual rainfall. Seasonal delicacies and the unique culture of Kochi are derived from this rich and wild nature.
This guide book introduces the world of Kochi.
KOCHI-JIN is the people living in this characteristic Prefecture, KOCHI, who are generally cheerful, energetic and known for their generosity. They have a deep love of their prefecture. Ask almost anyone what they like about Kochi and their reply could go on forever. This brochure introduces you to the world of Kochi, its history, culture, nature and food. We hope you find it useful as you travel around and find out for yourself what makes Kochi so special.