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Seto (瀬戸市, Seto-shi) is a city located in Aichi Prefecture, Japan.


Upper stage:Jōkō-ji temple in Seto
Lower stage:Seto Skyline
Flag of Seto
Official seal of Seto
Location of Seto in Aichi Prefecture
Location of Seto in Aichi Prefecture
Seto is located in Japan
Coordinates: 35°13′24.9″N 137°05′3.1″E / 35.223583°N 137.084194°E / 35.223583; 137.084194Coordinates: 35°13′24.9″N 137°05′3.1″E / 35.223583°N 137.084194°E / 35.223583; 137.084194
RegionChūbu (Tōkai)
PrefectureAichi Prefecture
 • MayorYasunori Ito
 • Total111.40 km2 (43.01 sq mi)
 (May 2015)
 • Total129,976
 • Density1,170/km2 (3,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Official treeIlex rotunda
Official flowerCamellia
Phone number0561-82-7111
Address64-1 Oiwake-chō, Seto-shi, Aichi-ken 489-8701
WebsiteOfficial website
City hall

As of May 2015, the city had an estimated population of 129,976 and a population density of 1,170 persons per km². The total area was 111.61 square kilometres (43.09 sq mi). It is located about 35 minutes from Nagoya by way of the Meitetsu Seto Line.



Seto is located in the hilly northern region of Aichi Prefecture, bordering Gifu Prefecture. In English, the name of Seto translates to "the place where the river runs quickly." However, while there is a river in Seto, it is neither significantly large nor quick-moving. The city of Seto is famous for its pottery and ceramics, so much so that the generic word for ceramics in Japanese is setomono (瀬戸物, setomono). The main street along the river is lined with dozens of pottery shops. Every third Saturday and Sunday in September, there is a very large pottery festival called Setomono Matsuri [1](瀬戸物祭り) This festival attracts about 20,000 visitors from around Japan and abroad every year.

Surrounding municipalitiesEdit

Aichi Prefecture

Gifu Prefecture


During the Edo period, the area of modern Seto was controlled by the Owari Tokugawa of Nagoya. The area had been famous for its ceramics production since at least the Kamakura period. During the Meiji period, Seto village was organized in 1888, becoming a town in 1892. After annexing the neighboring village of Akatsu in 1925, Seto was raised to city status on October 1, 1929. Much of the city was destroyed in 1945 during World War II.[2]

In the postwar period, the city grew as a bedroom community for Nagoya and as a tourist designation. On March 25, 2005, Expo 2005 opened with its main site being in Nagakute and additional activity in Seto. The expo continued until September 25, 2005.



  • Seto has 20 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and six high schools. It also has two special education schools
International School

Sister city relationsEdit

Local attractionsEdit

Notable people from SetoEdit


  1. ^ Seto homestay programme
  2. ^ Seto official home page
  3. ^ Home page. Aichi Korean 7th Elementary School. Retrieved on October 14, 2015. "愛知県瀬戸市にある在日コリアン児童が通う民族学校です"
  4. ^ a b c d "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ [1]

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