The Heart of Shikoku

Iya Valley

By Kieron Bissett    - 1 min read

A visit to Iya Valley in the centre of Shikoku is a must for anyone wanting to get off the beaten track. You will need a car, a compass, nerves and time. Because you'll be stopping a lot to take pictures, letting other cars past and trying not to look over the cliffs to the left or right.

I recommend staying at Tougenkyo-Iya, a series of thatched roof cottages that are perched high upon a mountain. Self-catering, so make sure you bring some food! You will wake to a stunning view of the valley. The only problem with staying somewhere so beautiful and remote is that you won't want to get out and explore.

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Kieron Bissett

Kieron Bissett @kieron.bissett

Amateur photographer wandering Japan having fun and generally living the dream.