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  • Iya-no-Kazurabashi Bridge
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    4.0
    692 Reviews
    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.

    I always wonder why people are walking so slowly on the bridge and catch the rail so carefully, because it does not look so dangerous. But you will feel differently when you are walking on it, try it...

  • Roadside Station Oboke (Monster House and Stone Museum)
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    4.0
    58 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...

  • Momijitei soba noodles restaurant
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Yamashirochounishiu 1468 - 1 River Station West - West
    Momijitei is an Iya Soba (buckwheat noodles) restaurant in a converted traditional farmhouse with a marvelous atmosphere, situated above the Oboke Gorge. The restaurant specialty is handmade Soba noodles made with locally-sourced ingredients. Diners can ask for Udon noodles instead if they prefer (at the same price). In the winter months, the restaurant also serves Oden, which is very popular too. Diners enjoy impressive views of the gorge through the windows as they eat.

    国道32号沿い、かずら橋へ向かう途中にモンベルやローソンなどいくつかのお店が集まったところがありますが、その一角にあるラーメン店です。徳島ラーメンを食べられるお店で、平日昼でしたが多少は客が入っていました。 入口左手の券売機で食券を購入し、席に座ります。水はセルフサービスですが、そのような案内が無く、女の店員に聞いたところ非常に不愛想に対応されたのは残念でした。今回はチャーシューと煮卵のラーメン...

  • Hotel Iya Onsen hot springs resort
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    4.5
    81 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 specifically came to this area for this breathtaking Onsen experience. First is the cable car leading you down to the river from the main building which is an attraction in itself how steep it...

  • Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Higashiya Tube production 620
    The Heike clan built this bridge about 800 years ago in order to get access to their horse-riding grounds in Mt. Tsurugi for training. It is also called the “male bridge, female bridge” and the “couple’s bridge” as there are two vine bridges which run in parallel beside each other. Immediately upstream of the female bridge, there is a “wild monkey” rope bridge where you traverse the valley by pulling the rope manually—it will be a valuable experience.
  • Kazura Bashi Campsite
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurakanjou 233
    Kazura Bashi Campsite is situated roughly 10 minutes’ walk from Kazura Bridge in the Iya Gorge. The Campsite is immediately adjacent to the Iya River, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy nature to the full by swimming in the river, fishing, rafting, etc. Bungalows, an outdoor cooking area, showers etc. are available, and tents, cooking equipment, blankets etc. are available for rental.
  • Hotel Kazurabashi
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    4.5
    171 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 33-1
    Located close to Kazura Bridge in the Iya Gorge, Hotel Kazurabashi is a hot springs resort situated in a secluded valley surrounded by hills. Besides its open-air baths and large indoor communal bath, the hotel is also famous for its Tenku Open-air Bath, which is reached by a cable car the appearance of which is modeled on a mountain hut. A visit to the Tenku Open-air Bath enables visitors to enjoy soaking in hot-spring water while admiring glorious views of the Shikoku Mountains. The nearest railway station is Oboke Station on the JR Dosan Line. From Oboke Station, it takes about 15–20 minutes to reach Hotel Kazurabashi by bus or taxi.

    Wow, what a treat! The location is spectacular. We drove & found it quite easily (with the Sat Nav) & the staff jumped to take our bags & park the car - and everything got better from there! Two...

  • Iya Bijin restaurant and hotel
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Nishiyayamamurazentoku 9-3
    Iya Bijin is a restaurant that offers spectacular views of the mountains lining the Iya Gorge and of Iya River. The restaurant makes its own noodles, handling the whole process from the initial stage of Iya Soba buckwheat powder manufacturing through to noodle-making. Besides Soba noodles, Iya Bijin also offers a range of other dishes that embody the natural glories of the Iya region, including Soba-gome-zosui (buckwheat porridge) and grilled Amego (Masu salmon), etc. Tables on the open terrace-which affords brilliant views of the Iya Gorge and Iya River-are particularly popular. The restaurant is attached to a hotel which offers rooms with their own outdoor pools.
  • Higashi Iya History and Folk Museum
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    3.5
    5 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Higashiyakyoujou 14-3
    The Higashi Iya History and Folk Museum uses photographs and display panels to present legends from the Iya region relating to the Heike clan. Exhibits include a replica of a red banner linked to the Heike family. There are also exhibits of items connected to daily life in the Iya region, showcasing the unique way of life and cultural traditions that have developed in this area. From JR Oboke Station, take the Shikoku Kotsu bus for Kubo, and get off at the Kyojo bus stop.

    6年前に訪れた際、閉館後の到着となったため、再訪しました。受付の方が大変親切で、ガイダンスビデオを見ている間、温かいお茶を持ってきてくださりました。また、展示を見る前と見終わった後に解説もしていただき、大変良い学びになりました。この場を借りてお礼申し上げます。各地に平氏の落人伝説が残っていますが、当地に伝わるものは壇ノ浦で亡くなった安徳天皇と平教経が屋島の戦いでの敗戦後、壇ノ浦には行かずにこの東祖...

  • 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...

  • Sobadoujou restaurant
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Higashiya Mount Ochiai 651
    Sobadoujou is a restaurant where visitors can also try their hand at making Soba noodles. A visit here gives diners the opportunity to experience the simple yet delicious flavor of Iya Soba noodles, which have been made in this region for many generations. A wide range of other healthy, popular local dishes are also available, including Soba-gome-zosui (buckwheat porridge) and Hirara-yaki (a traditional dish cooked on a hot, flat stone).
  • 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.

  • Temple No. 8, Kumadaniji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Awashi Donarichoudonari Maeda 185
    The Kumadani-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple located in Awa City. Its formal name is Fumyo-zan Shinko-in; it is the eighth temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. It is said that when the monk Kobo Daishi was meditating near here in 815, Kumano Gongen appeared to him and presented him with a gold statue of Kannon (the Goddess of Mercy) about 5 cm in height. Praying three times after each stroke of the wood-carving knife, Kobo Daishi carved a life-size statue of Senju Kannon in sacred wood, and placed the gold statue that he had received inside it, before building a temple to house the statue. These statues thus became the main object of veneration at the Kumadani-ji Temple. Unfortunately, the statues were destroyed in a fire that burnt down the Hon-do (main hall) of the temple in 1927; the statue that the visitor sees today was installed in 1971.
  • Temple No. 10, Kirihataji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Awashi Ichibachoukirihata Kannon 129
    The Kihata-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple in Awa City. It’s formal name is Tokudo-zan Kanjo-in; it is the 10th temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to legend, when the monk Kobo Daishi was practicing asceticism in this area, he asked a weaver’s daughter to give him some fabric offcuts to patch his monk’s robe with; in order to give him offcuts, the girl generously cut up the piece of cloth that she had just finished weaving for him to use. In return for her kindness, Kobo Daishi offered to carve a statue of Senju Kannon (Thousand Armed Avalokiteshwara) for the repose of her parents’ souls. When he performed the kanjo ceremony while bestowing the statue on the girl, she instantly attained Buddhahood and took on the likeness of Senju Kannon. The temple’s name and formal name both derive from this legend. Besides the statue of Senju Kannon in the Hon-do (main hall) which is the main object of veneration at the temple, Senju Kannon Bosatsu is also worshipped here in the form of a Bodhisattva.
  • Temple No. 7, Jurakuji Temple
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    4.0
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Awashi Donarichoutakao Houkyouden 58
    Juraku-ji Temple is a Koya-san Shingon Buddhist temple in Awa City. It’s formal name is Komyo-zan Rengei-in; it is the seventh temple visited on the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage. According to tradition, the temple was founded by Kobo Daishi. The name “Juraku-ji” (“Ten Joys Temple”) derives from the idea that, thanks to the mercy of the Amithaba Buddha, people can overcome the “eight sorrows” of birth, age, sickness, death, the pain of meeting people you dislike, the pain of separation, the pain of not getting what one wants, and pain caused by the five skandha (aggregates of mental and physical characteristics), and experience the “Ten Joys” of the Pure Land (paradise). Originally a very large temple, the Juraku-ji Temple was burnt down by the armies of the warlord Motochika Chosokabe in 1582. Only the temple’s main statue was saved, by being carried off by the head priest Shinzen on his back. The temple was rebuilt in 1635; these are the buildings that the visitor sees today.

    This is the 7th temple on the 88 temple pilgrimage and just a 15 minute walk from temple 6. The hondo is very interesting and there is a jizo that is said to cure eye problems. Also a very good...

  • Horin-ji Temple
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    3.5
    2 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.”

    四国霊場9番・札所の法輪寺。後で勉強したのですが、大昔に火事で全焼したけど鐘だけが残ったと言い伝えられ伝説のstoryがあり”鐘は寺のsymbol”です。

  • Dochunoyu resort
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    2.5
    2 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Prefecture Awa City Mihiro Kita 205-1
    Dochunoyu is a resort situated on a hill overlooking the Yoshino River. Both the main indoor bath and the open-air bath have spectacular views, with visitors being able to enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons. The resort has a comprehensive range of facilities, including not only saunas but also massage services, beauty treatment services, a restaurant and a karaoke room, etc. For groups of at least 10 people, there is a free pick-up service (limited to locations within Tokushima Prefecture within one hour’s drive) (*Please note that Dochunoyu is not a hot springs resort)

    家族で利用しました。温泉感は無く、塩素臭が立ち込めていました。サウナ、水風呂は普通。露天風呂は地元の方らしき方が喫煙してらっしゃいました。

  • Tanaka Family Residence, designated a Japanese Important Cultural Property
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Myouzaigunishichou Aihata Takabatake 705
    This house has for generations since the Kanei period continued to be an indigo store. As the current Tanaka family residence took approximately 30 years to complete from 1854—the highlight is the huge structure with its vivid reminder of its heyday as an indigo store such as the indigo bedding and the grass thatched roof of the main house. It is also wonderful that the stone wall is built up without any gaps as a measure against Yoshino River which repeatedly floods. In 1976 it was designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
  • Tomei-zan, Dogaku-ji Temple
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    3.5
    12 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Tokushima Pref. Myouzaigunishichou Ishi Jounouchi 605
    The Dogaku-ji Temple is a Zentsu-ji sect Shingon Buddhist temple in Ishii Town. The temple’s formal name is “Tomei-zan.” It is ranked second out of the 20 Fudasho Bangai (temples not included in the official list of the temples making up the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage), and is the 11th temple visited of the 36 temples in the Shikoku Fudo Pilgrimage. The name “Dogaku-ji” (“Child’s Learning Temple”) relates to the fact that the monk Kobo Daishi studied calligraphy and other academic disciplines as child; praying at the temple was believed to bring academic success. Within the temple grounds there is a sacred spring which is reputed to have sprung forth from the ground when Kobo Daishi prayed for water to wash his ink-slab with; inside the head priest’s quarters there is a shoin-style garden (designed to be viewed from the shoin, or study) which is believed to have been created in the Muromachi period. The Dogaku-ji Temple is around 30 minutes’ walk from Ishii Station on the JR Tokushima Line.

    寺院の縁起説明そのものから「芝居がかっていて」あまり親しみが湧かない寺院ではあります。いくら値打ちを付けるためでも子供でも?と首をかしげるほどの縁起は余り強調しない方が良いのかも・・・。不幸にして漏電とかで本堂は焼失していましたが・・。別格霊場はそのものの組成経緯がたった50年程度なんだからねせめて各寺は芝居がかった縁起じゃなくて親しみやすい寺風を構築してほしいもんですねぇ。評判も余り良くないみた...

  • Ishii Dome
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    3.5
    3 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tokushima Pref. Myouzaigunishichou Takagawara Takagawara 2115-3
    Located about five minutes’ drive from Ishii Station on the JR Tokushima Line, Ishii Dome is situated within the OK Ishii Park. It boasts a comprehensive range of facilities, including a 25-meter swimming pool, endless pool (with flowing water), children’s pool, massage room, gym, etc. A variety of classes are held, including water aerobics, Tai Chi, etc.

    屋外の芝生広場、屋内プール、ジム、スタジオなどがある施設です。 特に何も使わなくても広場で何もしていなければ、子供がボール遊びをしたり、椅子があるのでお弁当を食べたりできます。駐車場もあるので、お散歩にも。

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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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