Iya

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The Iya Valley (cJk, Iyakei) is a remote, mountainous valley in western Tokushima Prefecture. Located deep in the heart of Shikoku Island, the secluded valley is characterized by steep mountain slopes and deep rocky gorges which were traditionally crossed by vine bridges. Three of the vine bridges, Iya Kazurabashi and the Oku-Iya Kazurabashi bridges, are maintained to this day and remain some of the most popular attractions of the area. Iya is also well known for its hot springs and outdoor activities.

Due to its remoteness, the valley has served as a refuge for members of the Taira Clan (also known as Heike) who escaped to the region after losing the Gempei War (1180-1185) at the end of the Heian Period. Their descendants can still be found hundreds of years later around the Iya Valley and in other remote regions of Japan such as Shirakawago, Yunishigawa, and the Noto Peninsula.

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Iya Valley

Remote valley in the center of Shikoku.

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Iya Kazurabashi

Nice vine bridge stretching across the river.

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Oboke Gorge

Nice gorge at the entrance to the Iya Valley.

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Last updated: July 13, 2015
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Hotel Iya Onsen

A secluded onsen ryokan with stunning view of Iya Valley. Open-air bath 170m down by cable car is a must-try. Free shuttle to/from JR Oboke Sta. Wi-Fi available.