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Ushimado Port and resort area
Location of Setouchi in Okayama Prefecture
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 34°40′N 134°6′E / 34.667°N 134.100°E / 34.667; 134.100Coordinates: 34°40′N 134°6′E / 34.667°N 134.100°E / 34.667; 134.100
RegionChūgoku (San'yō)
PrefectureOkayama Prefecture
 • MayorAkinari Takehisa (since July 2009)
 • Total125.51 km2 (48.46 sq mi)
 (March 1, 2017)
 • Total37,934
 • Density300/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+09:00 (JST)
City hall address300-1 Oku-cho Owari, Setouchi-shi, Okayama-ken
BirdJapanese white-eye

Setouchi (瀬戸内市, Setouchi-shi) is a city located in southern Okayama Prefecture, Japan.

As of March 1, 2017, the city had an estimated population of 37,934, with 15,396 households and a population density of 300 persons per km².[1] The total area is 125.51 km2 (48.46 sq mi).

The modern city of Setouchi was founded on November 1, 2004, by the merger of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado (all from Oku District). Its city hall is the former town hall of Oku.

The name Setouchi is derived from Seto Inland Sea (in Japanese: Setonaikai). The city faces the Inland Sea on its eastern and southern parts. The climate is moderate. Its main industries are fishery, agriculture, pottery, and sightseeing.


Setouchi City Hall
Setouchi City Hall

Port Ushimado was a famous port till the early modern era. It served messengers from Korea to the Tokugawa Shogunate. The port is today a good spot for sightseeing and sailing. Osafune was famous for the production of katana in the 12th century under the name of Bizen Osafune (Osafune, Bizen Province). Fukuoka District, which flourished as a trade center and later a political center along the Seto Inland Sea until the beginning of the Edo period, served by the Yoshii River and the Seto Inland Sea, is also included as a part of the city. The Fukuoka Market (Fukuoka no Ichi) was recorded in the scroll Ippen Shonin Emaki, drawn in the 13th century. At the end of the Kamakura period a castle was built in Fukuoka. In the middle Muromachi period, the daimyō who governed Bizen province took this castle as their site, rebuilt and fortified it more than before. Because the Yoshii river changed its course and most of Fukuoka including the castle sank under the river, the castle was abandoned.

International relations

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Japan

Twin towns — Sister cities

Setouchi is twinned with:[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Official website of Setouchi city" (in Japanese). Japan: Setouchi City. Retrieved 11 April 2017.