Welcome to Kōchi Prefecture
The largest of Shikoku's four prefectures, Kōchi Prefecture (高知県) spans the Pacific coastline between the two capes of Muroto-misaki and Ashizuri-misaki. Cut off from the rest of Japan by the mountains and sea, the province once known as Tosa was traditionally regarded as one of the wildest and most remote places in the country. To pilgrims, Kōchi is known as Shūgyō-no-dōjō, the place of practice, and has a reputation as 'the testing ground'. Although the trip through Tosa makes up more than a third of the pilgrimage, only 16 of the 88 Temples are located in the province. In fact, it's 84km from the last temple in Tokushima Prefecture at Hiwasa before you get to the first temple in Kōchi Prefecture at Muroto-misaki.
Kōchi Prefecture is a good place for outdoor types; it brims with scenic spots both in and along its rugged mountains and coastlines. Check out www.visitkochijapan.com.