Setouchi, Kagoshima

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Setouchi

瀬戸内町
Central Koniya Port
Central Koniya Port
Flag of Setouchi
Flag
Official seal of Setouchi
Seal
Location of Setouchi in Kagoshima Prefecture
Location of Setouchi in Kagoshima Prefecture
Setouchi is located in Japan
Setouchi
Setouchi
 
Coordinates: 28°16′31″N 129°15′48″E / 28.27528°N 129.26333°E / 28.27528; 129.26333Coordinates: 28°16′31″N 129°15′48″E / 28.27528°N 129.26333°E / 28.27528; 129.26333
CountryJapan
RegionKyushu (Amami Islands)
PrefectureKagoshima Prefecture
DistrictŌshima
Government
 • -MayorKatsuomi Fusa
Area
 • Total239.92 km2 (92.63 sq mi)
Population
 (June 1, 2013)
 • Total9,379
 • Density39.1/km2 (101/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
-TreeBanyan and sago cycad
- FlowerHibiscus
Phone number0997-72-1111
Address23, Koniya aza Funatsu, Setouchi-chō, Kagoshima-ken 894-1592
Websitewww.amami-setouchi.org

Setouchi (瀬戸内町, Setouchi-chō) is a town located primarily on Amami Ōshima, in Ōshima District, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan.

As of June 2013, the town had an estimated population of 9,379 and a population density of 39.1 persons per km². The total area was 239.91 km².

Geography[edit]

Setouchi occupies the southern portion of Amami Ōshima, facing the East China Sea to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It also includes numerous offshore islands of Amami Ōshima, including the inhabited islands of Kakeromajima, Ukejima and Yoroshima.

The climate is classified as humid subtropical (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with very warm summers and mild winters. Precipitation is high throughout the year, but is highest in the months of May, June and September. The area is subject to frequent typhoons.

Surrounding municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

Higashikata Village was established on April 1, 1908. It became the town of Koniya on April 1, 1936. As with all of the Amami Islands, the village came under the administration of the United States from July 1, 1946 to December 25, 1953. On September 1, 1956 Koniya merged with three neighboring villages to form the town of Setouchi.

Economy[edit]

The town economy is primarily based on agriculture, with sugar cane and citrus horticulture as the main crops. Industries include shochu refining and commercial fishing.

Transportation[edit]

Ports[edit]

  • Koniya Port, with ferry connections to Kagoshima and to the other Amami islands.

Highway[edit]

Noted people from Setouchi[edit]


External links[edit]

Media related to Setouchi, Kagoshima at Wikimedia Commons