Iya Valley

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Iya Valley (祖谷渓, Iyakei), located in western Tokushima Prefecture and centralized on Shikoku Island, is a grand expanse of secluded nature known for its steep mountain slopes, rocky gorges, traditional farmhouses, and historic vine bridges. The remote environment is the epitome of Japanese rural culture and for outdoorsy types, is abundant in hiking spots, ziplining, rafting, and boating.



Nishiiyayamamura Tonotani, Miyoshi, Tokushima 778-0101, Japan (Map) (Directions)

General Amenities

  • Free guides/pamphlets


By Plane: Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports have flights to Takamatsu Airport on Shikoku. From the airport, there are buses that go directly to Iya Valley

By Bus: Shikoku’s Awa Ikeda and Oboke Stations are well connected to the western part of the valley with buses that run a few times per day.

By Train: From Tokyo Station, visitors can take a 5-hour train journey to Tokushima's Oboke Station, changing at Okayama.

By Rental Car: To travel to the more secluded parts of the valley, we recommend renting a car. It is important to note that car travel can be hazardous due to the winding and narrow mountain roads. So, please drive slowly and cautiously.

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