Geiyo Islands

The Geiyo Islands (芸予諸島, Geiyo Shotō) are a group of islands in the Seto Inland Sea, under the administration of Hiroshima Prefecture and Ehime Prefecture. Some of the largest islands in archipelago are connected by the Nishiseto Expressway bridge system connecting Honshu and Shikoku.

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 Archipelago is roughly defined as lying in the western part of Seto Inland Sea, from Hiuchi-nada [ja] to Aki-nada [ja]. A narrower definition of the archipelago only includes the islands between the former provinces of Iyo and Bizen. The islands of in Hiroshima Bay, most notably Etajima and Kurahashi-jima, are therefore excluded from the latter definition.

Economy and industryEdit

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

List of islandsEdit

The largest islands in the group, each with an area of more than 20 km2, are:

Other notable islands in the group include:

The following islands may sometimes be included under the archipelago's broader definition:



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