Jun. 2, '11

ホテル祖谷温泉 (Hotel Iya Onsen)

Address: 三好市池田町松尾松本367-2
Open: 7:30 till 18:00
Price: Rotenburo: 1500 yen / kids 800 yen; indoor bath: 500 yen / kids 300 yen
Website: http://www.iyaonsen.co.jp/
Booking: Book this ryokan online

On the second day of our Shikoku trip we went to Tokushima and visited the Iya valley. The Iya valley is very remote and has gorgeous views.

First we visited the famous Iya Kazurabashi, a suspension bridge made of vine. After lunch we bathed at Hotel Iya Onsen.

Iya Kazurabashi

View from the bridge.

Beautiful waterfall near Iya Kazurabashi.

Hotel Iya Onsen has two different kinds of baths. There is an indoor bath which costs 500 yen and there is a rotenburo which costs 1500 yen. The rotenburo is down in the valley, next to the river and can be reached by cable car. We decided to use the indoor bath.

Hotel Iya Onsen

Changing room

Rotenburo Outside Beppu Average price Amenities Outside Kyūshū

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October 7, 2011

Hiroki Matsuuchi says:

Hey! You were just in my backyard! I'm about a one hour train ride from Iya Valley and Kazura Bashi! You should have given me a shout and I would have come out to meet you!

The best time to visit the bridge and the surrounding area is in the fall when the leaves are changing color. During this time there is an open-air car train that runs between the stations 'oboke' and 'koboke' on a beautiful stretch of track that snakes its way along the wall of the valley. On one side of the track you have the mountain and on the other you have a sheer drop and the river below.

I'm not sure about the exact start date, but it's around November every year and stops operation on the first of December.


October 8, 2011

Mischa says:

You have a beautiful backyard!! Next time I'm in Tokushima I will let you know :-)

I had noticed the train track from the car, but didn't see any trains. I was wondering if it was still in use. I thought the scenery was already very impressive in June. I would love to see what it looks like in the fall.


December 25, 2011

Melanie says:

Hello Hiroki!
I have been to Iya some years ago and want to take my husband there on a trip in a couple of weeks. Can you please advise if you know of any inexpensive hotels/ryokans in the area.

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