Hotel Iya Onsen

Iya Valley, Japan

At a Glance

  • A boutique hotel squirreled into the depths of the remote and rugged Iya Valley
  • A secluded open-air onsen at the bottom of the gorge, accessed only by cable car
  • The hotel’s design is inspired by the natural environment, which is one of our favourite aspects
  • Delicious cuisine, including fresh river fish and mountain vegetables
  • Exquisite rooms which teeter on the edge of the valley
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Shikoku broadly follows Japan’s climatic pattern with August being the hottest month and mid-winter cooling things right down in January, although the island is known for having milder weather year-round. Rainfall can be higher on Shikoku than other areas of the country. The spring months of March to May are good for hiking, as is the autumn, particularly October. These are the classic pilgrimage times and seasonal colours are at their best with cherry blossom in the spring and golden hues in the autumn.

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Located in the remote Iya Valley, Hotel Iya Onsen offers a serene and authentic Japanese experience in a beautiful setting, including hot springs, Japanese-style rooms and fantastic valley views.

The only hotel in the Iya Valley, natural influences are evident in the Hotel Iya Onsen at every level, whether it’s the artwork reflecting the beauty of the gorge, or seasonal produce on the restaurant’s menu. The hotel’s unique feature is the cable car ride to the secluded open-air baths at the bottom of the valley. It is a five-minute journey with wonderful panoramas as you go. At the bottom, you’ll find hot spring baths fed directly from a nearby source, and which promise skin cleansing and health benefits. The tranquillity of the spot is unrivalled, as the onsen bubbles out over the gently meandering river
Rooms at the hotel also make use of the valley, with large windows or terraces looking out over the gorge. All are tastefully decorated in Japanese style with tatami mats and futon beds. Ample space is provided by a special area for relaxing, and a massage chair is a feature in each room. You can choose between indoor and outdoor baths.
Time and care is taken over food at the hotel. Fresh ingredients are sourced to cook creative options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and served in either the restaurant or café. Kaiseki, a traditional Japanese set course dinner, is offered, so you will be able to sample local cuisine.
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Descend into the valley by cable car to the secluded open-air baths. Hot water flows freely from the source into the onsen, and the unique and pure properties of the water cleanse the skin and have several health benefits. Two baths are exclusively for men or women, and one is available for private hire. After your hot spring relaxation, sit and enjoy the tranquillity from the riverside terrace. Seasonal, local cuisine is served in the restaurant and café, and there is also a large indoor bath.


  • Art and the Countryside, Teshima

    Take a Teshima city tour which includes the Dan-yama Observation tower, Karato Freshwater Spring and the Teshima Art Museum. Lunch is enjoyed at Shima Kitchen. Lastly, head to Les Archives du Coeur for an interesting take on art.

  • Eastern Iya Valley adventure

    Spend the day at the east of the Iya Valley, the more remote and tranquil section with amazing scenery. Begin the day with a short hike at Mount Tsurugi and then take on the challenge of crossing the Oku-Iya Vine Bridge.

  • Hike to Mount Tsurugi

    Embark on a moderate hike to Mount Tsurgi, a mountain at the eastern end of the Iya Valley and the second tallest mountain in Shikoku.

  • Historical Kotohira

    Start the day with a visit to Kotohira-gu, a Shinto Shrine and pilgrimage site before heading to Kanamaru-za Old Theatre.

  • Jewels of Iya Valley

    Enjoy a full day Iya Valley exploration with a visit to a restored Samurai House, the Bukeyashiki-kita clan before heading to Higahi-Iya Museum.

  • Naoshima Art Galore

    Take a ferry ride to the island of Naoshima and be amazed by the unique art collection of Chichu Art Museum, Benesse House Museum, the Art House Project, Naoshima Pavillion and the various outdoor artworks including Yayoi Kusama’s beloved pumpkins.

  • Ochiai village walking tour

    A walking tour in Ochiai village, the most scenic of lya's mountainside villages with beautifully preserved traditional houses. A great opportunity to interact and get to know the life of the local villagers as you witness their day to day life.

  • Sanuki Udon making experience

    Join a Sanuki udon making class and learn how to make this popular dish, the soul food of Kagawa prefecture.

  • Tour of Shodoshima

    Visit the film site of a famous 1954 Japanese movie '24 Eyes’ before finishing the day with a visit to a Somen noodle making house.

Location & directions

Iya Valley, Japan

Situated in the remote Iya Valley, Hotel Iya Onsen is surrounded by nature.  The Iya Kazurabashi Vine Bridge is 20 minutes away by car, and boat cruises along the Oboke Gorge are 40 minutes away. For culture, drive for a little less than an hour to Ochiai Hamlet.
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