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Iya Valley (祖谷渓)


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.


Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo - Nishiyanyama Village (IyaArea)

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Tokushima Pref. Miyoshishi Ikedachoumatsuo - Nishiyanyama Village [map]
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          Tokushima Areas


          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.