Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they were combined to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.
Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in Oku. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.
The commercial and political center of the city, supermarkets and shops line its main street. It is also home to City Hall, where you can find free information available in English on regional culture and events.
Before Osafune became part of Setouchi City, the town’s website talked of its landscape as being of the type that is close to the heart of the Japanese. This remains true as the rolling hills and meandering streams represent the traditional Japanese countryside.
Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand. Utsukushi-mori is a park with rental camping areas and bungalows nestled in the hills.
Ushimado is a rural seaside district that is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. There are regattas held throughout the year with teams from around the region using the harbor to practice. Pleasure boaters also enjoy relaxing on the gentle waves.
The Olive Garden is a prime spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous bed and breakfasts.
Setouchi City is an up and coming municipality with a resort feel. Visit this dazzling city on the sea.