Day Trip to the Mysterious Iya Valley

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This trip helps you discover the heart of the Iya Valley on the island of Shikoku. The depths of the valley are full of fascination and lore. One nickname for this location is Sen-nen no Kakurenbo. It means 1000 year game of hide-and-seek, which should give you a good idea of how unexplored and mysterious the forests and valleys are here. What kind of secrets do the trees hold?

Trip HighLights

  • Day trip with English speaking guide
  • Transport by car or minibus included
  • Check out the Instagrammable Vine Bridge and rocky river scenery
  • Easy to get to Tour Start Point from Tokushima or Takamatsu

Quick Itinerary

10:40 Oboke Station Meet Guide.

   Manneken Pis Surveying the Iya Valley  A little cherub which has become a symbol of this mysterious region.

   Vine Bridge Over the Iya Valley  Visually stunning bridge from the days of bandit warriors hiding in the forest long, long ago.

   Biwa Falls  Almost fifty meters (or 160 feet) tall - this waterfall has enchanted the local people for many years.

   Ochiai Old-Fashioned Village – A Glipmse of Times Gone By  Viewing deck giving unbeatable views of this little hamlet tucked into the mountainside.

   One of Japan’s Great Rivers  Boat ride on the mighty Yoshino River with rocky visuals.

15:40 Oboke Station Trip ends at Oboke Station

Please see My Page after completing booking for a more detailed itinerary.

Access Information

Tour Start Point Oboke Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point By train:
About one hour and forty minutes from Tokushima.
Time Required Five Hours (10:40 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.)
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Vine Bridge Over the Iya Valley

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

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

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.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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