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Rustic Relaxation Awaits You in Tokushima's Iya Valley


Bring the whole family to spend the night in old-fashioned comfort


Deep in the mountains of rural Tokushima is Chiiori, a restored farmhouse dating back to the early 18th century. Its thatched-roof design was once ubiquitous throughout Japan, although now it is a rare find indeed. The moment you slide open the front doors, you'll feel transported back in time. From the open hearths to the high rafters, everything about Chiiori just screams "rustic." The farmhouse is old-fashioned. It's outfitted with air conditioning—a must in the muggy Japanese summers—a modern bathroom with a gorgeous cypress tub, and a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook with your friends and family after a long day of travel. The place comfortably sleeps up to seven. Make sure you stock up on food, drinks, and gasoline before coming; the Iya Valley is pretty remote, and most shops keep irregular hours. 

Those with rental cars can also explore the winding mountain roads of the untouched Oku Iya ("Inner Iya") area, home to ancient vine bridges and the sacred Mt. Tsurugi. Those without a car can take a bus to the Iya Valley from Awa Ikeda Station or Oboke Station, but be sure to check the schedule before you go.


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Access: Take the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka Station to Okayama Station (about 50 minutes), then transfer to the limited express train for Oboke Station (one hour 40 minutes). Chiiroi is about 40 minutes by car from the station.


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209 Higashiiya Tsurui, Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima-ken

Duration 1 night, 2 days or more



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