A lemon island floating on the Seto Inland Sea
On Ikuchi Island, the town of Setoda marks the midpoint of the Shimanami Kaido.
Around half of the island’s terrain is gently sloped and thus receives consistent sun. Setouchi’s relatively low annual rainfall and mild climate make the area prime for raising citrus. Setoda in particular is known as the number one producer of lemons in Japan. The atmosphere is defined by the inland sea’s calm winds and still waters, with the addition of various citrus scents that occur at different stages of each season.
The port of Shiomachi
From its inception, the port of Setoda served as a key stopping point along the channel. It was frequented particularly often in the Edo Period by ships traveling the east-west route between Hokkaido and Osaka.
Ships at the time took advantage of tidal currents, thus making Setoda an ideal place to time the desirable tide shifts; it became known as ‘the port of waiting tides’. By way of the sea, people and goods from various regions around Japan made their way to Setoda, causing it to quickly become a bustling port town.
The salt production legacy
Thanks to low annual rainfall and the Seto Inland Sea’s tidal fluctuations, Setoda was historically known for it’s thriving salt industry. Adjacent to the port of Setoda at the entrance to the shotengai is a storehouse for salt from one of the major salt barons of the time. With changing times, the building took on different lives, from storing salt to storing rice, and later on being open to the public as a small museum displaying local wares and images of the salt production and trade. This storehouse keeps its identity as a beacon for Setoda between the water and the shotengai, but takes on a new use as it has been revived as a place for people to gather from in and outside of the region.
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Soil Stay
From a casual one night stay to a home base for mid to long term visit.
Soil Stay serves a dynamic mix of purposed accomodation fit for differing lifestyles and intentions.
Work & Stay
Rooms are conducive to working or relaxing thanks to a desk and chair with an ocean view.
During the day, a wifi and power-outlet equipped lounge can also be used for work. Whether on a workation or extended retreat, plans for mid to long term stay are available.
Explore & Stay
Soil Setoda is a prime base for visiting Setoda or traversing the Shimanami Kaido.
Custom tours can be provided to help visitors explore the island and the Shimanami Kaido.
Soil’s role as a community center for locals and visitors alike makes it an ideal place to connect with and experience the local flavors and ways.
Start and finish the day
on a glowing note
After completing a day on the island, visitors and locals wash away the salt, sweat, and any stress in the waters of the yubune bathhouse, a close partner of Soil just across the way.
Coffee is procured from the neighboring roaster; fresh roasts will prepare you for whatever the day may bring.
Simple rooms look out over the calm waters of the Setoda channel. Private rooms are equipped with a desk and chair well fit for quiet productivity, conducive to a workation or study retreat.
  • Nagi View Corner Double
    (14.9㎡) 12,000yen~
  • Nagi View Double
  • Kuramae Box 4
Rates & Reservations
Check-in : 15:00 – 20:00
Check-out : 11:00
Bathrooms: shared
Other shared facilities: laundry, refrigerator, wi-fi
2-254 Setoda, Setoda-Cho, Onomichi,
Hiroshima, Japan