Welcome to Higashi Iya
Also known as Oku-Iya, meaning 'deep Iya', Higashi-Iya (東祖谷, East Iya) is the area to go to for an extremely remote Shikoku experience. The valley narrows, the road climbs and craggy mountains encroach from both sides. The spectacular Kazura-bashi here are an absolute pleasure to visit, with minimal visitors getting this far, and the 'scarecrow village' of Nagoro is an enthralling eye-opener. Few reach here as Rte 439 is narrow, windy and requires great care – don't become a road statistic! If you carry on up to the head of the valley, you'll be at the foot of Tsurugi-san, Shikoku's second-highest peak.