Visit Iya Valley, one of Japan’s great unexplored regions: a valley surrounded by steep mountains and untouched nature.
The area is famous for its “vine bridges”: suspension bridges made of flexible vine wood (the largest is 45 meters in length and 2 meters wide), built in the past as the only way to move across the two banks of the steep gorges formed by the sparkling blue river at the bottom of the valley.
It is still possible to cross Iya-no-kazura bridge, the most famous and most spectacular of the suspended vine bridges. Its swaying structure makes for a very thrilling walk!
This area of Tokushima prefecture is famous not only for its beautiful gorges and pristine rivers but also for being blessed with natural onsen hot springs.
This evening stay at a ryokan located just on the side of one of these natural gorges, granting you unparalleled views of the surrounding nature. Whether it is the intense green of early summer or the reddish foliage of Autumn, the view of the gorge is always spectacular.
The ryokan also offers a unique cable car ride to the bottom of the gorge, where soothing onsen waters are famous for their benefits for relaxation and skin care.
Don’t miss out on the local delicacies by attending dinner in your yukata wear: red potatoes, shiitake mushrooms, soba noodles, and Iya’s famous tofu are some of the highlights of the evening menu.