This secluded, mountainous valley is one of Japan's Three Hidden Valleys and offers some of the best hiking and hot springs in Shikoku. Being so remote, here many aspects of traditional Japanese life have been sheltered from the tide of modernisation. One such example is the precarious vine bridges for crossing from one side of the river to the other.
IYA VALLEY ACCOMMODATION
NANO YADO HOTEL IYA ONSEN
Nano Yado Hotel Iya Onsen is a secluded hotel surrounded by the beautiful Iya Mountains. The Japanese-style guest rooms, complete with tatami mats, offer views of the valley's natural scenery. The open-air hot spring bath is accessible by cable car, offering panoramic views of the valley along the way.
Dinner is kaiseki-style (multi-course) using seasonal ingredients or 'Omiki-nabe' (hot pot), which uses a base soup made from miso and locally-made sake. For breakfast, guests may choose between Japanese style and Western-style dishes, and there is also a buffet.
SHIN IYA ONSEN HOTEL KAZURABASHI
Nestled among the mountains of Iya Valley, Shin Iya Onsen Hotel has Japanese style rooms, complete with tatami mats, which offer guests views of the surrounding mountain and valley scenery. In addition to the large communal bath inside, the hotel also has an open-air bath with mountain views to enjoy. For dinner, enjoy freshwater fish such as amego and ayu and dishes prepared with local vegetables.
Free car parking and WiFi is available.
Located in the secluded Iya Valley, Sunriver Oboke offers wonderful views of the surrounding natural scenery all year round. The hotel is accessible by car, or by taxi (8 minutes from JR Oboke Station).
The water at the hotel's outdoor hot springs has strong alkaline properties, with a pH of 9.5, which is beneficial to your skin. Guests can enjoy dining on delicious cuisine that showcases local ingredients from the Yoshino River and Tsurugi mountains. Within the hotel is also a gift shop selling local products and souvenirs.