Vine Bridge Over the Iya Valley
The Iya Valley is considered one of Japan’s Greatest Unexplored Areas. One of the landmarks in this area is not of stone or bronze or anything like that – it is the Kazurabashi Vine Bridge which is suspended about 14 meters 45 meters over the valley floor. For many years, bridges like this one were the only way across the valley.
From one side of the bridge to the other is about a 45 meter or 150 feet walk – and quite a thrill!
The bridge is made of about 6 tons of vines and is restored every three years.
Manneken Pis Surveying the Iya Valley
Someone must have been taking the, er, mickey here.
No, you’re not in Brussels. Urine Japan.
Of all the cherubs in the club of angels above, I bet you didn’t think you’d come to the Iya Valley of Japan and see this particular member.
Tokushima Prefecture’s answer to the Belgian Manneken Pis is not relieving himself beside any old public fountain. Oh, no – he’s aiming right over a 200 meter high precipiss.
Long ago, foolish children would dare each other to urinate off this very dangerous ledge. These days, doing so is forbidden – unless you happen to be this little statue.
Old-Fashioned Village – A Glimpse of Times Gone By
The preserved village of Ochiai is protected by the state because of the importance of its traditional architecture. The viewing deck is located on a perfect vantage point which lets visitors see the way the village sits on the slope of the mountain. It is a charming scene and evokes a Japan of long ago that can’t be seen in big cities today.
One of Japan’s Great Rivers
This trip includes a boat ride on the mighty Yoshino. It is famous as one of the Three Great Rivers of Japan along with the Tone river near Tokyo and the Chikugo on the island of Kyushu.
The great boulders found along the course of the river are a kind of natural monument and passengers can see them up close from the vessel.