Oboke and Iya Valley

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Oboke

Oboke (Miyoshi city, Tokushima prefecture) is a village at the banks of the Yoshino river. The area is know by rafters and tourboat operators. Visitors can enjoy the scenic views at the impressive rocks of the river banks. The length of the Yoshina river is about 194 km and its depth is normally 4 meters, however, it rises to approx 10 meters with heavy rain or after a typhoon.

Oboke Iya Valley by myasiatravelguide.com

Iya Valley

The Iya Valley is the area little east of Oboke. Here, the much smaller Iya-Gawa river floats between the mountains. Because of the beautiful nature this area is loved by hikers and tourist. Known are the Vine bridges (Kazurabashi), the statue of the Peeing Boy and a number of famous shrines. More to the east of Iya valey one can visit Nagoro (the village of the dolls) and Mnt Tsurugi.

Because the beautiful Iya valley resides in the middle of many activities around, also many hotels and camping grounds are situated here. The hotels found in Iya Valey range from simple to luxurious.
The tourist map of the area is downloadable here.

Iya valley map

At the map below you’ll find just some of the famous spots around Oboke and Iya Valley. This is not an extensive list. There are many more places to visit.
Just zoom in at the map and click the markers for details explanations.

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Nagoro -Village of the Dolls: 33.852526, 134.024448
mnt tsurugi: 33.854063, 134.094674
Higashiiyaniiya: 33.854460, 133.893220
Oboke tourboat at Yoshino River: 33.882601, 133.760262
Vine bridge (Kazurabashi) near Iya Kanko Ryokan: 33.875097, 133.835363
Iya Kanko Ryokan: 33.875498, 133.834376
Oku-iya Nija Kazura bashi - Couple rope bridge near Nagoro: 33.853880, 134.045638
Peeing Boy Statue - “撒尿男孩” 塑像: 33.923598, 133.818626
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Vine bridge (Kazurabashi) near Iya Kanko Ryokan
vine bridge at Iya kanko ryokan (Small)
Read about the vine bridges
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Oku-iya Nija Kazura bashi - Couple rope bridge near Nagoro
Read about the vine bridges
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Oboke tourboat at Yoshino River
Oboke
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Iya Kanko Ryokan
Iya Kanko Ryokan
Website Hotel: Iya Kanko Ryokan
Japanese style rooms.
Friendly owner.
2 minute walk from the scenic spot Kazura (rope) bridge. Homelike hospitality, with excellent seasonal local dishes, also you can experience making soba noodles.

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mnt tsurugi
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Higashiiyaniiya
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Nagoro -Village of the Dolls
nagororead about Nagoro
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Peeing Boy Statue - “撒尿男孩” 塑像
Read about this Peeing Boy statue

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