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Review of Iyakei Valley

Iyakei Valley
Ranked #4 of 70 things to do in Miyoshi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We found some ppl go hiking there but we went there by car. you can find some place to stop and see the scenic view.

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Reviewed 9 January 2017

This is one of the least traveled places in Japan. You might think that you are instead in a remote Swiss mountaintop.

We arranged in advance for a 5 hour taxi tour of the Iya Valley (with Iyakei Taxi - info@iya-taxi.jp - 23000Y). Our driver, a neat young woman from the area dressed in the expected suit and white gloves, was there to greet us at Oboke Station. She had only a little English, but the taxi was fitted with written materials and she carried an audiotape meant to be played at specific points. We were, however, able to converse enough to get an idea of what it was like to grow up in the area.

I'm really glad we arranged for a driver this because driving in this area would not have been fun. The roads are very narrow (e.g., one lane for both directions), and it was often necessary to back up to negotiate passage with oncoming vehicles. Moreover, public transportation is hard to find, and taxis seem to be by reservation only.

There is a western and eastern Iya Valley. We had signed up for the latter trip which is to more remote locations, but the first stop (a monorail) was closed due to weather. Therefore, we toured both the western valley, where the peeing boy statue an the vine bridge is, and the eastern valley where the Ochoai Village and the scarecrow village site. We stopped for lunch in between.

The scenery was fantastic, of course. In November, the vine bridge was not busy - we pretty much had it to ourselves. The scarecrow village is a remote village where a woman, wishing to return after a life of living elsewhere, found the place deserted. So, she populated it with scarecrow people. Beautiful but a bit somber. Finally, the Ochiai Village is an ancient hillside settlement which really does look like Switzerland. The first snow was appearing on the peaks. It's hard to imagine life there in Winter.

3  Thank wobbs1
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We drove out of Iya via the road through the Iya Gorge (Iyakei) and its much nicer than the road to/from Oboke. This old/original road into Iya has great views of the undisturbed valley, but the road is often one-laned and with lots of turns, so drive with caution! It takes about 45 minutes to drive the whole length from the centre of Nishi Iya to Iyaguchi (Rt32 junction), but there are several nice places to stop along the way, including the Peeing Boy statue, so give some extra time.

Thank Taki77
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

i don't know the background history of this statue of a boy peeing. but that is a must visit place and stunning. good for taking picture and take view at here

Thank iamface
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were in awe when we arrived at this valley. Truly impressive sight. We stayed at the Iyaonsen hotel which offers spectacular view of the valley. Highly recommend.

Thank vdsl90
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