269 Setoda cho Setoda, Onomichi, Hiroshima 722-2411 Japan
Azumi Setoda | AZOTELS
Date of Creation
1 March, 2021
Hotel General Manager
Ms Yoshi Kubota. She had worked for Aman for over 13 years in several properties including Amanemu as the Hotel Manager. And She joined Azumi Setoda as the opening GM.
History & Story
Azumi Setoda opened 1st March 2021 on Ikuchijima, a small and tranquil island in the Japanese Inland Sea. It inhabits a 140-year-old estate originally built by Kyoto artisen for the Horiuchi Family, who were in salt trade. To update the building, Azumi Setoda worked with Kyoto-based Shiro Miura, an architect trained in the sukiya style, who brought a focus on rustic simplicity existing in harmony with its surroundings.
Main Strengths, Special Touch
Azumi Setoda is the first property of Azumi Brand which is established by Adrian Zecha who founded Aman Resorts. Located in the remote area where you could forget the daily busy life and just being able to relax with no stress avoiding crowds and noise. While staying in the traditional Ryokan yet adopt for well-travelled international guests, Azumi Setoda offers flexibility for the dinning experience which you could choose to dine in the local restaurants.
As located in old shopping street, guests are allow to choose to dine in hotel dinning or outside local restaurant
Located in the middle of the Shimanami Kaido, 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.
Keys sites / activities in the area
Shimanami Kaido is the world-famous cycling road with scenic view of the Japan’s largest Inland-Sea, and Ikuchi Island is known as “Lemon Island”. Azumi Setoda prepare activities which you could take advantage of the location – cycling tour with the local guide, Natural farming Lemon lecture, Boat fishing, SUP and so on.
Azumi Setoda is located along good old shopping street, where you glimpse the local daily life closely. You may meet the local students riding bicycle in the morning for school and greet you with shy smile, and come across the local friendly farmer trying to offer you the freshly picked citrus fruits on the road.
Duplex rooms are ideal room for family with young travellers and kids amenities are available. Located on a small island, easy access to the “sunset beach” where kids could enjoy swimming and water sports in summer time.
Number of rooms, (keys) in all: 22
• 2 Niwasuzumi :Duplex rooms with 70sqm in size with small Japanese garden
• 2 Sorasuzumi : Duplex rooms with 70sqm in size
• 9 Niwa: located in first floor with 50sqm in size
• 9 Suzumi: located in second floor with 50sqm in size
Restaurants and Bars:
Azumi Setoda sources as many ingredients used in its dining service as possible from within 50 km, which is as far as a person can walk in a day. Because of this distance, Chef Akita personally visits the production areas and speaks with every producer to deepen his understanding of the ingredients.
He then uses cooking methods and flavors that bring out the best in the ingredients to create a dining experience that is « unique to the region. »
• 1 spa treatment room to soothe away the fatigue of their trip
• Private yoga and meditation class are available upon request.
• Organize Zen Meditation class at Kojo-ji temple – 7 minutes on foot
Corporate & Celebration Events
• Dinning capacity for 36 people including 2xprivate dinning by buy-out the property
• Able to arrange the buy-out Fukuyama Castle as event venue – 60 minutes away from property
Extra Notable Features
• Private sunset cruise
• Private art tour to Momoshima Art Base
• Private harvest experience with local farmer
• Private Wagashi (Japanese traditional sweets ) cooking experience
Number of employees