Iya Valley, Shikoku, Japan
At a Glance
- An authentic rural Japan farmhouse experience with stunning views.
- Each farmhouse is euipped with the most advanced features including bathroom, air conditioning, linen towels, floor heating and many more
- An opportunity to try the local dishes cook by the local villagers at your accommodation
Floor to ceiling windows in the living room offered majestic mountain valley view.
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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 hamlet of Ochiai in East Iya Valley at the edge of the winding land in the deep mountain, Tougenkyo-Iya offers an authentic rural Japan farmhouse experience with stunning views.
A 300-year-old thatched farmhouse in the lesser explored east Iya region. There is a total of eight farmhouses in random style. Each farmhouse has its own unique room layout and structure. Though the thatched-roof exterior preserves an antique look, the interior is equipped with the most advanced features including bathroom, air conditioning, linen towels, floor heating and many more.
The farmhouse also provides cooking utensils, induction heating, and basic condiments to allow the guests to cook for themselves with their own ingredients. There will also be an opportunity to invite the local villagers to your place to dish up some local dishes with the fresh local ingredients for you or get the food delivered to your doorstep from the nearby restaurant at an additional cost. With the impressive view of mountains of Iya, you can also rent a barbeque set to enjoy some barbecuing in the garden of the farmhouse.
Be sure to savour the rich culture and the beautiful landscape the Iya Vally exhibit. Stay at these farmhouses allows you to take a step back in time and experience the simpler things in life. Enjoy your encounter with the local people or just slow down and enjoy the view. For the hiking enthusiasts, keep a day for your hike at Mount Tsurugi and be rewarded with an even more spectacular view.
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.
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.
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.
Takamatsu & Iya Valley
from £2900 pp inc flights & transfers for 4 nights
- Get a chance to visit Ritsurin Park, said to be one of the top three most beautiful parks in Japan.
- Experience the unique art culture in Shikoku. Visit the island of Naoshima, home to some of the world class galleries, contemporary art and architecture.
- Master the skill of making Shikoku's famous local noodles - Sanuki udon
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Iya Valley, Shikoku, Japan
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