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


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…
Landmark in Nishi Iya

Peeing Boy Statue

The Iya Valley's famous statue of a boy peeing into the gorge is turning 50! Put in place in 1968, 'Peeing Boy' has been photographed urinating into the valley far below by countless visitors. This is supposedly wha…
Bridge in Nishi Iya


This remarkable vine bridge is one of only three left in the valley – the other two are further east in Higashi Iya. Unfortunately this one has been totally overshadowed by a monstrous bus and car parking area, plus…
Museum in Ōboke & Koboke

Lapis Ōboke

Lapis Ōboke is a geology and local yōkai (ghost) museum. There are interesting rocks on display, but the reason to stop is to get acquainted with the folkloric apparitions, colourfully represented in a hall of delig…
Historic Building in Higashi Iya

Buke Yashiki

Several kilometres up a narrow, winding road near Kyōjō, Buke Yashiki is a thatched-roof samurai-house museum commanding spectacular views of the valley. Beside the house is a Shintō shrine that is home to a massive…
Museum in Higashi Iya

Higashi Iya History & Folk Museum

This folk museum is in a large red building in Kyōjō, displaying historic artefacts and daily-use tools, as well as items relating to the Heike legend.