With 84% of our prefecture covered in lush forests, forestry is a vital part of our economy. We carefully manage our forests so as to be able to sustainably take advantage of this natural resource. The red cedar of the Reihoku mountains and the cypress of the Shimanto River catchment are particularly sought after.

The newly built Kochi Station presents to the world our close relationship to our forests. Built from local wood, it is amongst the most distinctive and beautiful stations in the whole of Japan.


Kochi is also known for its top-quality charcoal. The hard wook, ubamegashi, is ideal for producing the best charcoal to be found.

Link (Japanese only): Kochi Department of Forestry and the Environment