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What to Do During a Trip to Setouchi, Japan

by Holly Riddle

Feb 21, 2024

Shodoshima © The Inland Sea, Setouchi Tourism Authority

Destinations / Asia

If you think you’ve been to the must-see destinations in Japan, but your explorations haven’t really taken you past the major travel hubs, consider Setouchi. Or maybe you’ve never visited Japan before, but want somewhere off the beaten path, Setouchi fits the bill. A small region in the southern half of the country, the destination offers plenty to see and do, regardless of its size.

 

Setouchi

© The Inland Sea, Setouchi Tourism Authority

Top experiences include a visit to Kinosaki Onsen, a traditional hot spring town with seven public bath houses. In the mountains, Fukiya Furusato Village boasts history and culture in spades thanks to its architecture and streetscapes. Sera Kogen Flower Forest Park is a must for gorgeous, seasonal snapshots filled with blooms and scenic backdrops. You may have seen Aoshima, or Cat Island, on social media; the island is filled with cats that roam free. You can visit via a quick ferry ride. The foodie traveler will want to make tracks for Shodoshima, called “Olive Island” for its olive groves.

 

Setouchi

© The Inland Sea, Setouchi Tourism Authority

During your entire visit, you’re only a short distance away from major cities like Kyoto and Osaka, making getting to and from this somewhat overlooked destination easy.

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