Setoda ー Hiroshima
Located in the middle of the Shimanami Expressway, Setoda is known for its fresh, fragrant citrus and gentle sea breeze. 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 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.’ People and goods from various regions around Japan made their way to Setoda by sea, and it quickly became a bustling port town.