Where is Setouchi?
Setouchi is the soothing, authentic region of Japan spanning 700 islands and 7 prefectures surrounding the Seto Inland Sea on the western side of Japan.
It's easy to get to the Setouchi area and once you do - there's something to do for everyone.
The weather is great - warm most of the year with very little rainfall.
Stay for as little as 2 nights or as long as you want.
Setouchi is known for:
Food & Sake
Art & Architecture
Cycling - The Shimanami Kaido is a 70 km bike path that crosses 7 bridges, 6 islands, and amazing views of the area. If 70 km sounds like a bit much - there are bike boats, shorter segments, and all kinds of help along the way.
You don't need to bring your own bicycle - there are plenty of rentals - both traditional bikes and electric bikes.
Food - Kobe beef, udon noodles, pufferfish & oysters - to name just a few of the local specialties. Hiroshima Prefecture has the largest catch of oysters in Japan, and in the coastal area, you can see the“oyster rafts” floating in the ocean. Want to find out some secret areas only the locals know about? Hire an Udon Tour guide for a few hours!
Sake - learn about the history of sake brewing and sample some of the different varieties. Visit the sake museum in Hyogo Prefecture.
Wellness - After a day of touring (or cycling), enjoy some of Setouchi's geothermal hot springs (onsen).
History - of the 23 world heritage sites in Japan, 4 of them are in Setouchi: Himeji Castle, called “ShirasagiCastle (White HeronCastle)”, Itsukushima Shrine with beautiful torii gates floating in the water. Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima and Hagi, one ofJapan's Industrial Revolutionary Heritage Sites.
Art - every 3 years people from around the world find themselves at the Setouchi Triennale. The venue spans over 12 islands and two cities, with over 200 works by domestic and international artists. Much of the art is left in place for visitors to enjoy even after the festival is over.