- Kochi is located on the Pacific coast of Shikoku. 83.4% of the land is covered by forests, at the highest ratio in Japan, in the high and steep mountains. There are scenic landscapes such as the Shimanto River, the last clear stream of Japan, and Muroto and Ashizuri Capes.
Along the Shimanto River, traditional fishing techniques such as “torchlight fishing” are still practiced. Kochi men are known for their unfettered and heroic personalities, and many historically famous figures such as Ryoma Sakamoto and Shigeru Yoshida were from Kochi. “Yosakoi Festival,” which is held around Japan recently, is originally from Kochi. The festival is held for four days and about 18,000 dancers dance around the city of Kochi every year. In the castle town of Kochi, “Sunday Market” has been held since the Edo period. About 500 shops line up along the street for 1km long, attracting big crowd.
These images provided by Kochi Prefecture