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Setouchi Finder

Setouchi encompasses the 7 prefectures around the Seto Inland Sea, including Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Kagawa, Tokushima, and Ehime. It is known for its outstanding natural beauty and diverse culture.

Highlights

Read about our writers' experiences in Setouchi

Originally built over 400 years ago, Himeji Castle still stands today as a testament to the craftsmanship of its ancient builders. Also known as the White Heron Castle, it offers a firsthand glimpse into Japanese history. More
As an island nation, Japan is deeply connected to the sea. At Kinosaki Marine World, the nation's relationship is on display in an amazing way. It's not just an aquarium - it's a marine life experience! More
Although there are many impressive gardens throughout Japan, few can match the design and beauty of Korakuen in Okayama City. More
Sometimes known as the "Venice of Japan," the Bikan Historical Quarter in Kurashiki City lives up to the title. Though it is much smaller than the real Venice, don't let its size fool you! This hidden travel gem is one of Japan's finest historical sites. More
Neko no Hosomichi or Cat Alley in Onomichi is hidden away between the sloping streets that wind around the town. It connects art, the town, people and greenery into one unique experience that you will not forget. More
The Shimanami Kaido Expressway connects six islands from Onomichi in Hiroshima to Imabari in Ehime. Six spectacular bridges link these tranquil islands in the Seto Inland Sea. The bike ride is 70 kms in total and provides users with spectacular aerial and land views of the diverse landscape these islands are famous for. More
Travel to Yamaguchi's Yuda Onsen & Rurikoji Temple to see wonderful lesser-known sightseeing spots in the Setouchi area of Japan. More
Travel to Yamaguchi Prefecture and 'time slip' into Japan's past in Yanai City's lovely historic district, only 35 minutes by train from Iwakuni. More
The Naruto Whirlpools are a natural wonder that occurs in the Naruto Straits between Oge Island in Tokushima Prefecture and Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. They can be viewed from bridge or from sea craft. More
A traditional vine-rope bridge located in Tokushima Prefecture's Iya Valley region. A beautiful work of engineering in a gorgeous natural setting makes this bridge one of Tokushima's top tourist destinations. More
Ritsurin Garden is one of the most nationally acclaimed gardens in Japan. Standing for nearly 400 years, this garden is in the center of Takamatsu City, Kagawa. Visitors come from around the world to walk and enjoy the extensive grounds. More
Two islands sit beside each other in the narrow Seto Inland Sea. Located between Okayama and Takamatsu prefectures, these two islands are famous for their art museums and art installations. More
Matsuyama is becoming increasingly more popular with travellers who are looking for locations slightly removed from the traditional tourist routes of central Honshu. Matsuyama City is distinctive because of it's slightly more rustic, cozy setting on Shikoku which contributes to the the warmth of its welcome and ability to enamour the visitor. Matsuyama castle is one of the central attractions of the city, and still holds a key role in day to day cultural and seasonal festivities. More
Dogo Onsen, the inspiration for the Studio Ghibli film Spirited Away, is one of Matsuyama's most prized buildings and one of Japan's oldest bath houses. More

Location

Setouchi is the area surrounding the Seto Inland Sea in Western Japan

Community Discoveries

See what other discoveries our community has made in Setouchi

Hyogo

Why you can see statues of jazz musicians in Kobe Kitano. More
Souvenirs and local produce on sale at the Higashiura Road Station on Awaji Island. More
Yellow sand and blue sea makes Kemmin Sun Beach in Ura an inviting summer resort. More
Exploring Kobe and three star Grand Hotel Sky Villa More
Views over Kobe, bonsai pines and fortune telling papers at this pretty shrine in Kitano-cho. More
Historic Engyoji Temple, site of the Last Samurai. Also, the city of Himeji and Himeji Castle. More
Honpukuji: the Water Temple on Awaji Island designed by famous Japanese architect Tadao Ando is a beautiful modern reinterpretation of a Japanese temple. More
Beautiful flower park Awaji Hanasajiki has mass plantings of various flowers throughout the year. More
Japan's oldest shrine, Izunagi Jingu, is found on Awaji Island. More

Okayama

Exploring Okayama Castle and Korakuen Garden More
Étoile café and restaurant is located in a residential neighborhood of Okayama city in the Okayama prefecture. A good dining location for the budgeting tourist and the busy traveler. More

Hiroshima

The Miyajima Fireworks Show, also known as the "Miyajima-on-the-sea-Fireworks Display," is an annual show and festival that takes place on the island of Miyajima. The festival is one of the most famous fireworks shows in Japan, and crowds of tourists flock to the island each year to see the show. More
Views of the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima on the evening of a beautiful sunset More

Yamaguchi

Visitors to Yamaguchi in autumn should be sure to visit Kozan Park's Rurikoji & Toshunji Temples. A historic five story pagoda, one of Japan's 'Top 3' is especially beautiful when framed by vibrant red and yellow leaves. More
Patisserie Fleur is a wonderful shop selling delicious desserts and sweets in Yamaguchi City's Yuda Onsen. Choose from a wide selection of treats and feel free to enjoy them onsite in the cafe inside their beautifully renovated historic building. More
Sagawa Shoyu was founded in 1830 and is located in Yanai City's white-walled historic district in Yamaguchi Prefecture. See soy sauce being brewed in a traditional manner, try some samples, and purchase your favorite. More

Tokushima

A couple of hours spent walking around Naruto-cho Tosadomaiura taking photos. More
Long, sandy and deserted beach on Oge Island in Naruto. More
Experience the Awa-Odori Festival's folk dance throughout the year at Tokushima's Awa-Odori Kaikan. More
Sometimes it's worth it to fork out a little more cash for some peace of mind. Travel Tips from my 3-day trip to Tokushima. More
The area around Tokushima University is quite scenic and worth checking out. More
A beautiful mountain marsh in the rustic Iya Valley region of Tokushima on the island of Shikoku, Japan. There is a boardwalk hike, observatories, lookouts, a small waterfall, a nearby hot spring, and places to picnic. More
OoAsahiko ( 大麻比古神社 ) is a Shinto Shrine in Naruto, Tokushima. Located within walking distance of Ryozen Temple, it is the first of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. More

Kagawa

Nirvana in Kagawa is the end of the Henro, but what it leads on to is also important. More
About Temples 71-77 which form the Mairi Path, and its origins, Iyadani-ji. A sad story but henro are happy coming closer to Nirvana. More
How the Japanese round fans, uchiwa, are handcrafted in Marugame. More
Utazu has two sides, one with wedding chapels and the other with old temples. Both are temples of love, just different sorts. More
Nakatsu Banshoen is an often-missed Japanese garden not far from Marugame Castle, in Kagawa Prefecture. Dating back to 1688, it contains a walking path around a lovely pond, a gallery/museum, and a restaurant. More
In Japan's Kagawa prefecture, the art island of Naoshima is also worth visiting for its scenery and beautiful ocean views. More
In Japan's inland sea, Naoshima is a small island that's home to striking modern art museums, designed to blend in with the beautiful natural scenery More
In Kagawa prefecture on Japan's Shikoku island, Takamatsu is a lively, interesting city with interesting sights and scenery around it. More
A narrow peninsula jutting out into the sea, Nagasaki no Hana is a great place to get a view of the surrounding seascape of Takamatsu. More
Konpirasan, or the Kotohira Shrine is a steep climb that does take you to heaven, because of all the beauty you find, both along the way and at the top. More
Take 5 is a delicious little burger cafe in the heart of Takamatsu City. Possibly the best burger to be had in the city and located in the center of town, near Marugamemachi Green and the post office in the Kataharamachi area of downtown. More
Milano no Okazuyasan is a great Italian restaurant in downtown Takamatsu. Family run with a wide menu and generous portions, you get a great value here. The fettuccine, salad dressing, bread, and many of the desserts are fresh-made throughout each day. More
Cozy nooks, soft sofas, and a modern design make this comfortable cafe in Sanuki City a great place to meet people for a cup of coffee, a sweet treat, or even a full meal. More
Yashima Plateau is the biggest green space in central Takamatsu and it has a great trail for short day hikes. More
Yashima is a plateau in Takamatsu City with a long history. There are shrines, a temple, a castle ground, hiking paths, and plenty of places to get stunning views of the surrounding area. More

Ehime

Ishetiji Temple 51's eclectic collection of different gods and deities can be disturbing because one can't find order in it. More
An Imabari towel is forever: Japan's softest, most absorbent, most durable towels come from Imabari in Ehime. More
Authentic and pleasing Indian food at a good price. More
A castle that has kept much of its original shape and components, Matsuyama Castle still reigns among the most impressive of Japan's castles. More
The third stage of Enlightenment in Ehime: Part 7 of Old Tiger Henro's Shikoku Pilgrimage. More
The beauty of the Kurushima Kaikyo, part of the world's longest suspension bridge Shimanami Kaido, makes for a wonderful walk. More
Enlightenment might be admitting defeat. Old Tiger Henro Part 9 More
Zuio-ji is a temple monastery of the Soto sect of Zen Buddhism. Many monks live, train, work, and study here. Meditation is free for lay people to attend. More