Classic LuxuryIya Valley, Japan
Hotel Iya Onsen
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.
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
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.
When to visit
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.