Main City: Kochi
Population: 728,000 people, ranking 45/47 prefecture (2015) 
Area: 7,104 km2 
Geographical / Landscape description
Kochi Prefecture comprises the southwestern part of the island of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It is the largest but least populous of Shikoku's four prefectures. Most of the province is mountainous with few plains. As of 1 April 2012, 7% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks. 
One of the Japanese prefectures with the highest number of sunny days in a year. Despite this, certain areas also record some of the highest amounts of rainfall in Japan. 
Recent history, culture
Kochi Prefecture gave birth to Sakamoto Ryoma (1836 - 1867) one of the most famous historic people of Japan. Sakamoto was a prominent figure that drove Japan during the turbulent period that led to the great political reforms of the Meiji Restoration of 1868. In 2003, the Kochi Airport was renamed to the Kochi Ryoma Airport in his honour and the Sakamoto Ryoma Memorial Museum is a main feature in local tourism.  
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