With its modern design, calm atmosphere, large windows, secret corners and Kinosuke’s marionette gallery, this library truly deserves its ‘Audience Prize’ and‘Library of the Year’ awards!

Opened in 2016, this stunning library is the fruit of an extensive collaboration between Setouchi’s citizens and the city hall to create a bright and open space that everyone can come and enjoy. 

Its facilities include a luminous cafe space, a garden facing terrace, a kids fun-place, numerous meeting rooms, a quaint event room with a built-in stage, an area introducing the long history of Setouchi city, and a marionette gallery. This is just to mention a few!  

The Kinosuke’s Marionette gallery is a pleasantly light-up area where many of his oeuvre d’art are put on display to be admired. This is a great way to learn more about a Japanese art form that truly deserves to be better known!


/ Price & Opening Hours

Free entry

Open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Weekends and Public Holidays

Open from 10:00 to 19:00 on Thursday and Friday

Closed on Mondays, the last Wednesday of the month and on some public holidays.

Please check the following link before you go!


Setouchi Library

465-1 Okucho Owari, Setouchi, Okayama, Japan


By public transport:  

Board the train on the Ako line from Okayama station and get off at Oku station (25 min). Walk 5-10 minutes to the Setouchi City Library.

By car from Okayama station:

Get on the Blue Line and exit at Oku exit. Follow the ‘Setouchi City Library’ signs. Around 41 minutes.

Useful information:

Free parking
Free Wifi