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Story Take a Revitalising Pit Stop at Ikuchijima
The Charming Appeal of Japan Island’s Communal Lifestyle
By JNTO On 8 June 2022

Ikuchijima, one of the six islands along the famed Shimanami Kaido expressway, is a great place for travellers who are seeking both adventures and relaxation. This peaceful island is located in the Seto Inland Sea, and has much to offer to its visitors. 



Known as the birthplace of lemons in Japan, Ikuchijima is the top domestic producer of the delicious citrus fruit; it has sprawling lemon field terraces covering its hill slopes that are truly a delight to the eyes.
Art and culture aficionados can also get a taste of the past here through its nostalgic streets, the impressive grounds of Kosanji Temple and beautiful outdoor sculptures. And if you are looking for a taste of adventure, there are hiking and biking trails, and of course, lemon picking on the island too.


Azumi Setoda
At the heart of Ikuchijima in Setoda town lies a modern ryokan that is a retreat for the senses. Azumi Setoda, the newest creation of prolific hotelier Adrian Zecha, offers tranquillity, harmony and the warmth of Japanese hospitality.


©Tomohiro Sakashita


This minimalist hotel is set in a 140-year-old restored building, the former home of the influential Horiuchi family. Sleek lines, large glass windows, shoji sliding doors, and gorgeous Japanese cypress furniture invite you to indulge in the space as your personal sanctuary. 


©Tomohiro Sakashita


The rooms have private gardens or balconies that encourage guests to step out and connect with the great outdoors. Each room also comes with a cypress bathtub, perfect for those who love a good soak.


©Tomohiro Sakashita


Azumi Setoda offers an invitation to take a respite from the daily hustle and find balance again.

Azumi Setoda

Address: 246 Setoda Setodacho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima 722-2411, Japan
Website: Azumi Setoda


Taking a dip in a Japanese public bathhouse is the perfect way to partake in the local culture, and there is no better place to do it than in Yubune. This beautiful bathhouse is located just across the street from Azumi Setoda and is free to use for hotel guests. As Setoda’s community bathhouse, Yubune is also frequented by locals looking to catch up and tourists — from families to cycling enthusiasts — wanting a peaceful bath experience.


©Yuna Yagi


Yubune retains all the elements of a traditional bathhouse but exudes a contemporary vibe. Here you can find an indoor bath, a cold bath and a sauna. 


©Tomohiro Sakashita


Guests can turn their attention to the stunning wall with mosaic artwork designed by Japanese artist Mai Miyake as they soak in the goodness of the hot water. Unlike other public bathhouses where Mount Fuji is commonly depicted, the wall in Yubune has a mesmerising scene of Ikuchijima and the rich marine life that surrounds the island, taking the local bath experience to a whole new level.

Address: 269 Setoda Setodacho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima 722-2411, Japan
Website: HOME | yubune


Soil Setoda
Strategically located at the entrance of Shiomachi shotengai (shopping street), Soil Setoda seem to beckon visitors arriving at Ikuchijima’s port to come in and take a break.


©Tomohiro Mazawa


Soil Setoda, which opened in 2021, follows a communal living concept where locals and travellers can interact with each other.


©Daisuke Shima


This harmonious space has cosy hotel rooms that offer a stunning view of the sea, a cafe, a restaurant, an activity centre and a shared work lounge.


©Tomohiro Mazawa

Get an energy boost at MINATOYA restaurant, with a menu made using the freshest ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.


©Tomohiro Mazawa


They also serve delicious sustainably sourced coffee from Overview Coffee, a special roaster housed in a refurbished old salt warehouse located across the street.

Soil Setoda
Address: 2642 Setoda Setodacho, Onomichi City, Hiroshima 722-2411, Japan


At Ikuchijima, travellers can not only see the beauty of Japan's island life, but there are also plenty of opportunities to connect with the locals for a truly unique travel experience.


Ikuchijima access

A popular way for avid adventurers to reach the island is by bicycle on the Shimanami Kaido. The ride from Onomichi to Ikuchijima is about 30km.


There are regular ferries to Ikuchijima from Onomichi (35 minutes) and Mihara (25 minutes) in Hiroshima.



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