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The Ancient Appeal of a Secluded Shikoku Hideaway


The remote rural location of Iya Valley offers thrilling adventure and tranquility


Few places feel as untouched by the hands of time as Iya Valley in central Shikoku. Criss-crossed by rivers and dotted with peaks, the remote location of this sparsely populated region has helped preserve much of the attractions of traditional Japanese life.


Visitors in search of thrills should make their way across the valley’s precarious double rope bridge, which according to legend was first constructed by warriors fleeing from a battle over eight centuries ago. Hike the steep hills for a view of farmed terraces carved from the mountain to support the village of Ochiai, famed for its thatched-roof houses. Visit the village of Nagoro, surrounded by more than 300 scarecrows—each with its own unique facial expression. 



Relax and enjoy the slow pace of Iya Valley. Stay overnight in a traditional farm house or enjoy the hospitality of an inn. Stunning views of the natural surroundings are everywhere, so don’t be surprised to find yourself forgetting the world beyond this lovely mountain valley. 



Sora no Sato


995-1 Ikeda-cho Shima Miyoshi-shi, Tokushima-ken


approx. 360 min. or more




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