Central Koniya Port
Location of Setouchi in Kagoshima Prefecture
|Region||Kyushu (Amami Islands)|
|• -Mayor||Katsuomi Fusa|
|• Total||239.92 km2 (92.63 sq mi)|
|Population (June 1, 2013)|
|• Density||39.1/km2 (101/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|-Tree||Banyan and sago cycad|
|Address||23, Koniya aza Funatsu, Setouchi-chō, Kagoshima-ken 894-1592|
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.
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.
- Koniya Port, with ferry connections to Kagoshima and to the other Amami islands.
Noted people from Setouchi
- Ikue Asazaki – musician
- Chitose Hajime – musician
- Tadashi Kanehisa – folklorist
- Kenji Midori – Karateka
- Shomu Nobori - Russian translator
- Yūkō Shigeno
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