Kochi

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Kochi prefecture is on the Pacific Ocean side of Shikoku. It is the former province of Tosa, and its capital is the city of Kochi. Kochi is known for raising vegetables such as green peppers, egg plants, and tomatoes. Many plastic greenhouses line the coastal area at the center of the prefecture. Eighty-nine percent of the prefecture is mountainous, and many

clear streams and rivers flow from the Shikoku Mountains including the Shimanto River that is often referred to as the last clear stream of Japan. In recent years, more and more people are coming here to enjoy canoeing. The weather is mostly clear, but when it rains, it rains hard. Therefore, although the annual sunshine duration is one of the longest in Japan, precipitation is also one of the highest. As for its fishing industry, pole fishing for bonito is very famous. In particular, the catch of auxis, a type of tuna, is the highest in Japan. Both the proportion of mountainous area and forest land is the highest in Japan, and the prefecture is known for Yanase cedar forest that is considered one of the three most beautiful forests in Japan. Kochi is also known for its scenic topography with two capes that protrude over the Pacific Ocean. Cape Muroto at the southeastern edge of the prefecture is designated as the Muroto-Anan-Quasi-National Park and a two-kilometer-long promenade is laid out along this area. On the other hand, Cape Ashizuri in the city of Tosashimizu features 80-meter high precipitous cliffs and raging waves. Here, visitors can enjoy a tropical landscape with coral reef and tropical fish. The Yosakoi-matsuri festival is known nationwide as Kochi prefecture’s most famous festival. It is held annually in August and lasts for four days, attracting approximately one million people in total. It is one of the three most famous festivals in Shikoku. As for local specialty dishes, sawachi ryori, a dynamic assortment of surf and turf ingredients, is famous as it reflects the vibrant nature of the Kochi natives. Also, a new breed of chicken, Tosajiro, bred from male Tosa chickens and female Rhode Island Reds from America, is now attracting attention.

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