Iya Kazurabashi and Oku-Iya Kazurabashi Bridges
The Iya Valley area used to have many bridges that connected villages to the outside world, but now only three remain. They are preserved and faithfully rebuilt every three years to give visitors a sense of what the area looked like hundreds of years ago. Since most of the Iya Valley is largely untouched, this extra level of detail gives one the sense of being transported to another period of history.
The Iya Kazurabashi is the largest of the three bridges, stretching 45 meters across the Iya River. This is the first bridge that visitors will encounter, followed by the two Oku-Iya Kazurabashi bridges further ahead. It’s suggested that visitors get an early start if they hope to see these bridges, as they are quite far into the valley. For visitors who want to stay the night, there are campgrounds on the other side of the Oku-Iya Kazurabashi bridges open from May to November.