Iya Valley

  • Iya Valley
  • Unexplored region

In the western part of Tokushima, there is an area called Iya, where the old agricultural and mountain village life is still preserved and the scenery conveys the harshness of living on steep slopes. One charm of the Iya Valley is observing the daily lives of the people who have lived here for generations.

Cross a Vine Bridge

It is said that this bridge was built by the Heike warriors in the 12th century to prevent their pursuers from entering the valley, and it was once the only to cross the river. The bridge is 45 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 14 meters above the Iya River. It is a sturdy suspension bridge with wire ropes built in, but it is quite exciting to cross because of the creaking and swaying and the large gap between the boards under your feet. If you have time to go further inland, be sure to visit the Oku-Iya Niju-Kazura Bridge as well.

Explore the Iya Valley by Taxi

It is quite difficult to get around Iya using public transportation, so if you want to visit Iya, Oboke and even Mt. Tsurugi efficiently, we recommend taking a local taxi, which are a great way to travel in a group, say with family and friends. The experienced taxi driver will guide you along the way. You can visit mountain villages on the slopes and perhaps taste the local cuisine prepared by the locals.

Try the 100% Gibier Burger!

Cafe & Gibier is a café located at the Oboke Roadside Station where you can enjoy burgers made with 100% local wild boar and venison and vegetables. You can also try the gibier taco rice, gibier curry, gibier loco moco, and more. All of the ingredients on the burger and in dishes with rice are made from gibier from this area. Enjoy the view of the emerald-green Yoshinogawa River from the terrace while savoring the delicacies of this mountainous region.

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