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The Inland Sea, SETOUCHI | Discover the Hidden Charms of West Japan!

Introduction to Setouchi

Mild climate and soft sunshine, rich nature and slowly flowing time. The inland sea, Setouchi is the Mediterranean of Japan.
One of the world’s largest inland seas, Setouchi hosts unique and diverse assets of history, life, food, and island culture.
Enjoy “Tatoubi” - meaning many beautiful islands, world-class cultural heritage sites, and delicious fresh regional cuisine.



Shimonoseki - Tsunoshima Ohashi

“Kanmon Strait” - entrance to Western Seto Inland Sea, is where many historical dramas originated. Historical buildings, reminiscent of Samurai days and history of Japan still remain. Kintaikyo in Iwakuni City, is a historical wooden arch bridge, where the colors of the four seasons may be enjoyed - cherry blossom in the spring and beautiful foliage of the Japanese maples in autumn. This wonder of ingenuityis definitely worth a visit.



Itsukushima Shrine

Including two of the World Heritage Sites - Atomic Bomb Dome and Itsukushima Shrine, this city also attracts international tourist interested in viewing Onomichi temples, where you get a feel of history by visiting a number of temples, and Kure city rich with history and picturesque natural beauty of the inland sea islands. Rabbit Island Ōkunoshima is also a popular day trip destination.



Seto Ohashi

Fully enjoy the harmony of Japan at the Okayama Korakuen garden and the beautifully preserved white-walled town of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Seto Ohashi Bridge is a connection between Honshu and Shikoku that can be crossed by rail. Grown in a temperate climate, delicious peaches and grapes are Okayama’s local specialty.



Himeji Castle

One of Japan’s most visited port city, Kobe is in Hyogo Prefecture, where there is the Himeji Castle often referred to as Shirasagijo. Takeda Castle Ruins, known as the Machu Picchu of Japan, is also located here. Rokko mountain, with spectacular panoramic views overlooking the city of Kobe, is highly recommended.



Matsuyama Dogo Onsen Honkan (Main Bld.)

Dogo Onsen in Ehime Prefecture, is one of the oldest hot springs in Japan’s symbolic onsen culture. Biking along Shimanami Kaido while admiring the views of Tashimabi and feeling the refreshing sea breeze, is known as the Holy Land from cyclist all over the world, earning high praise.




A food culture town where you can enjoy “Udon” noodles - Japanese fast food. Experience the beautiful islands and contemporary art at Setouchi International Art Festival 2016 that is held for a total of 108 days in the spring, summer and autumn. Don’t miss this unique contemporary art festival which takes place on a dozen islands in the Seto Inland Sea.




Traditional Culture, Awa Odori is the largest dance festival in Japan. Every year in August, a grand festival is held throughout the prefecture. About 100 thousand dancers showcase the traditional dance in Tokushima city’s festival over a 4-day span. In addition, Oboke-Koboke is famous for its picturesque valley and river rafting.

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