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Top Choice Bridge in Higashi Iya

Oku Iya Ni-jū Kazura-bashi

Away from the crowds and tour buses, the spectacular Oku Iya Ni-jū Kazura-bashi are two secluded vine bridges hanging side by side high over the river. Cross one and come back over the other. A self-propelled, two-s…
Top Choice Public Art in Higashi Iya

Nagoro

If you're travelling along Route 439, it's not a matter of 'blink and you'll miss it', but blink, and blink again, because you may have a hard time believing your eyes when you hit Nagoro. Those 'people' – waiting a…
Soba in Higashi Iya

Soba Dōjō

At Soba Dōjō on Route 439, you can sample a bowl of zaru soba (cold noodles with dipping sauce) and even make your own (¥2500; reservations required). The restaurant has a rusty reddish roof, and a brown curtain han…
Historic Building in Higashi Iya

Buke Yashiki

Several kilometres up a narrow, winding road near Kyōjō, Buke Yashiki is a restored thatched-roof samurai-house museum commanding spectacular views of the valley. The interior has been beautifully renovated and ther…
Museum in Higashi Iya

Higashi Iya History & Folk Museum

This folk museum is in a large red building in Kyōjō, right by the main road. It displays historic artefacts and daily-use tools of the valley, as well as items relating to the Heike legend about the settling of the…