Spots in Iya Area

  • Hotel Iya Onsen hot springs resort
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    4.5
    241 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo Matsumoto 367-28
    The Hotel Iya Onsen hot spring resort is located in the Iya Gorge. There is also an open-air bath, with hot spring water flowing out from its natural source, which can be used by visitors who are not staying at the hotel. A cable-car gives access to the open-air bath near the valley bottom. Renowned as one of Japan’s “Top Three Secluded Scenic Spots,” the Iya Gorge is very popular with visitors. Within the resort, hot spring baths with scenic views are available.

    We decided to splurge on this hotel during our visit to Shikoku as it is such an exceptional location and experience - we were very glad we did. The surrounding Iya Valley is absolutely incredibly...

  • Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka
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    4.5
    131 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu 1644-1
    Located in a corner of Tsurugisan Quasi-National Park, the rocky cliffs on both banks of the Yoshino River are a nationally-designated Natural Monument. The hot spring located in this rugged yet beautiful secluded area, one of western Japan’s most scenic spots, offers two different types of baths to enjoy. The large public bath is sourced from a simple sulfur spring while the terrace-style open air bath features artificial mineral spring water. Although the spa is usually open to day bathers, day bathers may be subject to access or time restrictions when the spa is crowded.

    Hotel is just 5mins drive from Oboke station, we requested for shuttle pick up from the hotel prior to our arrival. Very large spread for the breakfast, they even provide english description and...

  • The Peeing Boy of Iya Gorge
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    3.5
    124 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo
    This statue of a peeing boy was based on anecdotes about local children and travelers who tested their bravery here by peeing off the edge of the 200-meter cliff above the Iya River. Created in 1968 by Tokushima sculptor Ryoko Kawasaki, the statue stands on a rock in Nana Magari (seven curves), said to be the hardest part of the Iya Kaido Highway.

    The statue and location of the statue itself is kind of disappointing but the backdrop of the scenery and valley is stunning! Just driving around the valley is gorgeous. The statue just happened to...

  • Roadside Station Oboke (Monster House and Stone Museum)
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    4.0
    59 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochoukamimyou 1553-1
    Roadside Station Oboke is located in Miyoshi City. Besides the Monster House and Stone Museum, which feature 70 monsters from local legends and a sample of the rudaceous schist that has been designated as a Natural Monument, there is also a hotspring footbath (open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from March to November) where visitors can relax and enjoy beautiful views of the Yoshino River, as well as a gift-shop selling local Miyoshi specialties and natural stones, a café, etc.

    This amazing little town nesttled in the hills is worth exploring. There is a bus service to take you to your place of stay or you can use the local Taxi. The people are friendly and here are some...

  • Iya-no-Kazurabashi Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 162-2
    Designated as an Important Tangible Folk Cultural Property of the country, the 45 meter long and two meter wide suspension bridge crosses the clear running waters of the Iya River at a height of 14 meters above the water’s surface. The bridge is made of hardy kiwi vines that grow wild in the cold mountains and are replaced once every three years. Various views exist as to why the bridge was originally built, one of which says that it was constructed by fugitives of the Taira clan who, in order to prevent attackers getting close, built it out of vines so they could quickly cut it down. Another probable story says that it was made by the saint, Kobo Daishi, who used to roam the valleys of Iya, in order to help stricken villagers.
  • Yoshinogawa Highway Oasis
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Miyoshi-gun Higashimiyoshicho Ashiro 1650
    This comprehensive Tokushima leisure facility has a bathhouse with a view of the Yoshino River and a campground. There's also a riverside zone where visitors can see rock azaleas when in season, a local specialty products and souvenir hall with an outdoor stage, and a large playground area. The pleasure cruises which visit the Minoda no Fuchi pool, the only area designated a Place of Scenic Beauty along the middle section of the Yoshino River, are also popular.

    徳島市へのドライブ途中、吉野川サービスエリアに入ったつもりが、何やら立派なエリアがあることに気づき、隣接する吉野川ハイウエイオアシスに立ち寄ることになりました。 吉野川を見下せるメインの建物には、なんと日帰り温泉があり、また、周辺地域を含めて、美味しいもの、いいものを集めたセレクトショップのような物産コーナーがあり、マルシェなどのイベントがあり、ファミリー広場ありと、立ち寄る価値ありのスペースにな...

  • Shosanji Temple
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    4.0
    43 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Myouzaigunkamiyamachou Shimobun Underground 318
    This temple of the Chisan sect of Shingon Buddhism is located in Kamiyama Town in Myozai County, Tokushima Prefecture, and it is the 12th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is known for its position near the difficult-to-reach eighth station of Mt. Shosanji, which has an altitude of 938 meters, but nowadays there is a roadway leading to it. According to temple legend, it was founded by a pilgrim in the Asuka period. Afterward, Kukai is said to have sealed an enormous snake that had been terrorizing the villagers in a rock cavern near the summit, after which he built the temple. A three-headed statue of Daikokuten (god of wealth), said to be Kukai himself, is enshrined inside the Sanmen (three-headed) Daikoku Hall. The temple grounds contain several large cedar trees said to be hundreds of years old, and the area has been designated a Natural Monument.

    Worth a visit, but dont expect there to be much there. The temple, while pretty enough, is spoiled a little by the presence of vending machines and signs and whatnot. Quite a trek up through the...

  • Unpenji Temple
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    4.0
    38 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachouhakuchi Norochi 763
    This temple belongs to the Omuro sect of Shingon Buddhism and is located in Ikeda Town in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture near the summit of Mt. Unpenji, and it is the 66th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It has the highest altitude of all the temples in the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is said to have been erected by a 16-year-old Kukai in 789 when he visited the area. Afterward, under orders from Emperor Saga, he is said to have sculpted the principal image of Senju Kannon Bosatsu in 818 and performed the seven sacred rites. On the temple grounds, the principal image joins a standing statue of Vaisravana and other National Important Cultural Properties, and you’ll also find a statue of Gohyakurakan, a “wish-granting eggplant,” and other items worth seeing. This temple is known for its beautiful fall foliage, and a ropeway operates from the foot of the mountain.

    Peaceful among the Cedars and Cypress Trees. Unpenji has 500 Arhat States that it is famous for, made in recent years, they line some of the pathways, all with different faces and postures. Beautiful...

  • Mt. Tsurugi Tourist and Climbing Lift
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Mimaguntsurugichou Sadamitsu Nishiyama 65-8
    This climbing lift at Mt. Tsurugi operates from late April to the end of November each year. Visitors can enjoy sweeping views of the seasonal scenery offered by the mountain. The cherry blossom and fall foliage seasons are especially popular. The lift takes about 15 minutes to ascend or descend the 830 meters of slope distance between Minokoshi and Nishijima. Visitors can stay, eat, and shop at the Chojo Hyutte and the Unkaiso located at the peak of Mt. Tsurugi. Visitors can thoroughly enjoy the beauty of the virgin forest and alpine flowers.

    It was a very good and sunny day when we took the Chair Lift to mid-section of Mt Tsurugi. The chairlift enabled one to have a scenic view of the mountain range and beautiful Pine Trees on all...

  • Kakurinji Temple
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Katsuragunkatsurachou Ikuna Washigao 14
    This is a Koyasan Shingon school temple in Katsuura-cho, Katsuura County in Tokushima Prefecture and is 20th temple of the 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. It is located high on a mountain with a distant view of the mountains of Awaji and Wakayama as well as the Pacific Ocean and the front avenue is difficult to climb with a sharp slope called the Pilgrim Knock-down. The temple was built by Kobo Daishi in 798. It is said that he found a golden jizo bodhisattva protected by two white cranes in the forest which he placed inside a statue of the jizo bodhisattva that he made himself and this became the principal object of worship at the temple.

    萱原から徒歩で鶴林寺を目指し歩き続けましたが、此処でも水戸黄門現象が起きて しまい非常に疲れてしまった。 鶴林寺からの帰りは車道をひたすら歩いて道の駅で昼食、勝浦線のバスで徳島市内 に帰りました。

  • Fujiidera Temple
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Yoshinogawashi Kamojimachouino 1525
    This temple belongs to the Rinzai sect of Myoshinji Temple and is located in Kamojima Town, Yoshinogawa City, Tokushima Prefecture, and it is the 11th temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that in 815, Kukai, at the unlucky age of 42, sculpted a statue of Bhaisajyaguru and constructed the hall to help stave off bad luck for himself and all living things. The five-colored wisteria that Kukai is said to have planted on the temple grounds are the origin of the temple’s name, and they bloom in late April every year. The principal image has been designated an Important Cultural Properties and is beloved by locals for its evil-warding properties. The unryu (dragon and cloud) painting on the ceiling of the main hall is a must-see. There is a treacherous path called the “henro korogashi (falling pilgrim)” that leads to Shosanji Temple, the 12th temple on the pilgrimage.

    家族と散策ついでに参拝しようと訪れると、住職?職員?の年配男性に納経所が開いていないことを理由に無礼極まりない態度で追い返されました。 納経不要だと言っているのに聞く耳持たず。おかげで印象は最悪です。手を合わせることすらさせないとは一体どういう了見か?古刹にあのような人間を置く気が知れない。 予め、参拝者を歓迎しない不快な人間に出くわすかもという心構えを持っておくと落胆が軽くて済むでしょう。ご注意...

  • Tairyuji Ropeway
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    4.5
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Nakagunnakachou Wajikigou Tano 76
    The Tairyuji Ropeway connects the Washi-no-Sato roadside station rest area in Naka Town, Naka County, Tokushima Prefecture with the Tairyu-ji Temple, which is the 21st temple of the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. With a total length of 2,775 meters, it is the longest ropeway in Western Japan. The Ropeway crosses the Naka River (a Class A major river) and passes over 600-meter-high hills. In the past, pilgrims could only travel to the Tairyu-ji Temple to worship by ascending a steep mountain path, a serious obstacle that was known colloquially as the “pilgrim slide” because it was so difficult to climb up. Following the construction of the Ropeway, it was possible for larger numbers of pilgrims to visit the Temple.

    First I liked the ossettai they provided before I took ropeway. It was ochya with different taste. We climbed to tairyuji from the aaruki henro root, which passed through dense forest. it took us...

  • Horin-ji Temple
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Awashi Donarichoudonari Tanaka 198-2
    The origins of this temple lie in a temple founded by Kobo Daishi after encountering a white snake while on a preaching tour; this “Hakuda-san Horin-ji” was located about 4km north of the present Horin-ji Temple near the Hochi-ga-tani. In 1582 the original temple was burnt down by the armies of the warlord Motochika Chosokabe; the temple was rebuilt on its present site at some point in the Tempo era(1644–1648), and was given the name Horin-ji. The new temple was accidentally burnt down in 1859; the temple buildings that the visitor sees today were built in the Meiji era. The statue of Shaka Nyorai (Gautama Buddha) which is the main object of veneration in the temple depicts Shakyamuni in a reclining posture; the Horin-ji Temple is the only one of the temples on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage to feature this type of statute. Situated amidst peaceful farmland, the Horin-ji Temple is affectionately known as “Horin-san Amidst the Fields.”

    四国遍路9番札所の<法輪寺>。詳しくは知らないけど...導かれる様に訪れて参拝しました。門構えが素晴らしかったです!

  • Kazurabashi Yumebutai
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Shopping
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamuraimakubo 345-1
    Kazurabashi Yumebutai located near Kazura Bridge in Iya, a famous sightseeing place in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture is a tourist facility. You can access Kazura Bridge from the large parking area by walking through the facility. The product center has a range of Iya region and specialty Tokushima products including Iya soba noodles, konnyaku (jelly-like food), sudachi citrus vinegar and creeping plant crafts. Kazurabashitei, a restaurant where you can enjoy dishes using local ingredients is popular for lunch before or after sightseeing. Salt-grilled sweetfish and amago trout sold in the food section are popular as a walking-and-eating gourmet item.

    道の駅のような施設です。 ここで車を駐車してかずら橋に行くことができます。 500円かかりますが、向かいの民間駐車場ならば300円で駐車できます。 かずら橋までは坂を下ることになりますが、店内に入らずに道路沿いを歩いたほうが、短距離でかずら橋まで行くことができます。

  • Roadside Station Onsen no Sato Kamiyama
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Transportation
    Tokushima Pref. Myouzaigunkamiyamachou Jinryou West top corner 151-1
    This roadside station features a souvenir shop that sells tasty treats made with local ingredients such as sudachi citrus, a specialty of Kamiyama; and Japanese plum, as well as phone straps, key holders, and other goods. It also features a forestry product exhibit and a shop that offers light meals and snacks. At the station’s Irori no Ma, a traditional-style room featuring a Japanese sunken hearth, visitors can experience ancient cultures and lifestyles first hand.

    徳島市内から神山に来ると最初の方に見えてきます。特徴があるわけではないですが、ちゃんと道の駅なので物品を見たり、休憩したりできます。

  • Hotel Miune
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Higashiyasugeoi 28
    Hotel Miune is a hot springs resort hotel located in beautiful natural surroundings with mountains on all sides, in the Higashi-Iya district of Miyoshi City. The resort, which also welcomes day visitors, has a large communal indoor bath and also open-air baths. The alkaline hot spring water is reputed to be very effective at treating neuralgia and cold intolerance, and at helping people recover from fatigue. The hotel restaurant features the famous local specialty, Iya Soba noodles, as well as a wide range of other local dishes. The resort is closed during the winter months.

    A three night stay at this ryokan and spa was a highlight of our trip. The Iya Valley location is among the most rural in Japan. But the room, service, food and the onsen were impeccable...

  • Iya Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo - Nishiyanyama Village
    One of Japan’s three hidden valleys, Iya is a steep valley spreading out at the foot of the Shikoku Mountains. The perfectly formed V-shape valley and majestic landscape with the emerald green of the Iya River weaving its way along the valley floor are sights worth seeing. In autumn it is known as a picturesque spot for the viewing of colorful autumn foliage due to the way in which the whole valley side turns red from the valley floor to the top. Perched up high on a cliff above the Iya River is the Statue of a Peeing Boy, said to be where children and travelers to the region would see who is the bravest while standing on this precarious rock.
  • 20th Temple of Shikoku Bekkaku 20 temples Pilgrimage and So-Okunoin of 88 sacred places on the Shikoku Pilgrimage, Otakiji Temple
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    3.5
    11 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Mimashi Wakimachi Nishiotani 674
    One of the Shikoku Bekkaku 20 Temples, this historic temple was built by the Buddhist priest Gyoki during the Nara period in the magnificent Sanuki Mountains. It enshrines an Amitabha triad. During the Tokugawa period, the temple was where the Inada clan, the chief retainers of the Takamatsu domain and the Tokushima domain, came to pray. The temple is famous as a place to ward off bad luck.

    pour rencontrer la spiritualité bouddhiste un beau lieu de nature et bien conservé prévoir 2h pour parcourir et découvrir l énergie des leiux

  • Sunriver Oboke hot springs resort
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu 1259-1
    Sunriver Oboke is a hot springs resort hotel located in the Oboke Gorge and Koboke Gorge region, with spectacular gorge scenery and surrounded by mountains that reach a height of 1,500 meters. Day visitors are welcome to use the hot springs facilities. The main bath affords a magnificent vista of the Koboke Gorge and the Yoshino River. The alkaline hot springs water is reputed to be effective at treating bruises and skin complaints, and is also said to be just as effective as skin lotion at keeping the skin moist and smooth. Transportation is available for guests between the hotel and Oboke Station or Koboke Station.

    Our dinner was superb. There were at least 10 courses and every item was delicious. One of our best meals in Japan. The service was great.

  • Roadside Station Hina no Sato Katsuura
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
    Transportation
    Katsuura Town, Tokushima Pref.
    This roadside station features a popular shop that offers original Katsuura products such as sweets made with mandarin oranges, a local specialty; and sweetfish named “Tachikawa Taro” by Hachisuka clan, the lord of the Tokushima domain. The farmer’s market, which is stocked with fresh local fruits and vegetables, is also popular. Other facilities include an udon shop offering authentic handmade Sanuki udon noodles and a café offering items made with locally-grown ingredients.

    勝浦町で開催されているビッグひな祭りの鑑賞で訪問しました。地元のJAによって運営されていますが、みかんストレートというジュースが絶品です。

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The southeastern corner of Shikoku is home to Tokushima prefecture, a region celebrated for its luscious nature and the nation's favorite Awa Odori, an energetic dance to which an annual summer festival has been dedicated. Keeping the upbeat tempo, whirlpools excite the Naruto sea off Tokushima, while inland, dramatic cliffs line the Iya Valley, promising unrivaled views of vast and vibrant scenery.

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