Geiyo Islands

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Geiyo Islands
Native name:
芸予諸島 Geiyo Islands
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View of Geiyo Islands and Shimanami Kaidō from Imabari, Ehime
Geiyo Islands is located in Japan
Geiyo Islands
Geiyo Islands
Location in Japan
Geiyo Islands is located in Hiroshima Prefecture
Geiyo Islands
Geiyo Islands
Geiyo Islands (Hiroshima Prefecture)
LocationSeto Inland Sea
Coordinates34°17′02″N 133°05′03″E / 34.283967°N 133.084169°E / 34.283967; 133.084169Coordinates: 34°17′02″N 133°05′03″E / 34.283967°N 133.084169°E / 34.283967; 133.084169
Major islands43
Length98 km (60.9 mi)
Width38 km (23.6 mi)
PrefectureHiroshima and Ehime
Ethnic groupsJapanese

The Geiyo Islands (芸予諸島, Geiyo Shotō) are a group of islands in the Seto Inland Sea of Hiroshima Prefecture. They are roughly defined as laying in the western part of Seto Inland Sea, from Hiuchi-nada [ja] to Aki-nada [ja]. Largest islands in archipelago are connected by Nishiseto Expressway bridge system connecting Honshu and Shikoku islands. Alternative and narrower definition is the "all islands laying between ancient Iyo Province and Bizen Province". The islands of in Hiroshima Bay, most notably Etajima and Kurahashi-jima, are therefore excluded from the Geiyo Islands archipelago narrower definition.

Economy and industry[edit]

The Geiyo Islands, due to the calm yet deep waters of the Seto Inland Sea, are one of the main hubs of shipbuilding,[1] fishing, and aquaculture in Japan.

List of the islands[edit]

The major (over 1km2 area) islands in the group are:

  1. are not included in narrower definition of archipelago

Other minor islands: