In 1183, the Heiki clan lost a decisive battle in Kyoto. Clan members who survived fled deep into remote mountain areas around Japan. Naiki Horikawa ended up here, in the Iya Valley. His decendants have turned his home into a museum filled with historical artifacts related to the Heiki clan.
The museum is a short distance by car from the famous vine suspension bridge, Iya-no-Kazura Bashi. As the bridge was also built by the Heiki clan, this is a good stop for those who want to learn more about the people who escaped to this region.
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