I visited Iya Valley in Tokushima Prefecture, and the 'Village in the Sky,' to see autumn foliage on November 3, 2011.
The Iya River valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Tokushima. At the bottom of the plunging V-shape of the valley the emerald green Iya river flows. When you look at the river from the top of the valley it looks so faraway that you get dizzy. In autumn, the whole valley from river to peak will turn brilliant colors. However, I came a bit too early to see the magnificent beauty of it.
Don't miss the famous Manneken Pis boy, who stands on the edge of the cliff!
Find out more about Iya Valley.
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I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.