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Kōchi (高知市 Kōchi-shi?) is a Japanese city in Kōchi Prefecture on the island of Shikoku.[1] It is the capital city of the prefecture.[2]

The city of Kōchi is at Urado Bay on the Pacific coast.[3]

It has been recognized as a core city since 1998.[4]


Kōchi developed as a castle town which was the center of Tosa Province.[2]


  • 1889 – Modern city was incorporated
  • 1904Tram service began
  • 1951 – Connection to the national rail network


  1. Deal, William E. (2005). Handbook to Life in Medieval and Early Modern Japan, p. 74.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2002). "Kōchi" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 538.
  3. Nussbaum, "Kōchi prefecture" at p. 538.
  4. Jacobs, A.J. "Japan's Evolving Nested Municipal Hierarchy: The Race for Local Power in the 2000s," Urban Studies Research, Vol. 2011 (2011), p. 8 [PDF 8 of 14]; "Kochi" at; excerpt, "... fіrst core city оn Shikoku"; retrieved 2012-12-5.

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