Iya Valley Private Taxi Half-Day Tour with English Driver

For a more efficient way to explore Iya Valley, take a private taxi on a one-day tour! Your tour driver will customize your four-hour tour according to your interests.

To start your day, meet your driver at your hotel, or anywhere at your convenience. Potential stops on a six-hour tour include the Manikin Peeing Boy Statue, with stunning views of the steep surrounding mountains, turquoise Iya River and Iya Kazurabashi vine bridge.

Let us know what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and where you are staying. Your guide will customize a tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: Four hours is NOT enough to visit both of Iya-valley area and Oku-Iya Kazurabashi double vine bridges. Please choose which you prioritize.

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  • What's included :
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop off
    • Professional Local Guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Fuel expenses
    What's excluded :
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Iya Kazura Bridge
    • Entry/Admission - Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Manniquin Pis, Ikedacho Matsuo, Miyoshi Tokushima Prefecture

    Visitors have a stunning view over the steep surrounding mountains and the turquoise Iya river, flowing more than 200 meters below them.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Iya Kazura Bridge, Nishiiyayamamura Zentoku, Miyoshi 778-0102 Tokushima Prefecture

    In the past centuries over 13 of these bridges offered passage over the Iya River, but nowadays only 3 remain.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Ochiai Village, Higaishiiya Ochiai, Miyoshi 778-0202 Tokushima Prefecture

    A small hamlet in the heart of Iya Valley with a collection of historical farm houses dating back to the mid-Edo era. Perched on a mountain side visitors can get an insight on the rural lifestyle and traditions that have been kept alive until the present day.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Okuiya Niju Kazurabashi Bridge, 620 Higashiiya Sugeoi, Miyoshi 778-0201 Tokushima Prefecture

    Last stop of the day will be the double vine bridges of Oku-Iya Kazurabashi. These two vine bridges are located very close to each other and are called husband-and-wife-bridge. These bridges are definitely more of the adventurous type and should be avoided by people with fear of heights. There is also a small cable car that is operated by hand to cross over the river.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Oboke Koboke, Yamashirocho, Nishiu, Miyoshi 779-5451 Tokushima Prefecture

    Oboke Gorge (大歩危, Ōboke) and neighboring Koboke Gorge (小歩危) a little ways downstream, are narrow, steep sided gorges near the entrance to the Iya Valley and popularly combined with a visit there. Cut by the swirling rapids of the Yoshino River, their names mean "big dangerous steps" and "small dangerous steps" as their jagged, rocky walls can be perilous to navigate.

    The gorges are one of the leading outdoor destinations in Japan, rivaling Minakami in Gunma Prefecture, and are known for their beautiful natural scenery and for the variety of outdoor attractions, such as whitewater rafting and canyoning, that can be enjoyed on the river.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Mt. Tsurugi, Koyadaira, Mima 779-3600 Tokushima Prefecture

    Mount Tsurugi (剣山, Tsurugisan) is a 1955 meter high mountain that lies at the eastern end of the remote Iya Valley. The second tallest mountain on Shikoku Island, Mount Tsurugi is one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains and a center of Shugendo, a Japanese folk religion based on mountain worship. Mount Tsurugi is a popular hiking destination and, despite its name which translates to Sword Mountain, far from a challenging climb.

    A relaxing chairlift takes visitors most of the way up the mountain to a station near the summit. From there it takes about 30 minutes to hike the most direct route to the peak, although there is an alternate route via Otsurugi Shrine which takes just a few minutes longer. At the top you will find a shrine, mountain huts, weather towers, and wooden boardwalks that lead to various viewpoints with panoramic views out over the surrounding mountains.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Iya Kazura Bridge, Nishiiyayamamura Zentoku, Miyoshi 778-0102 Tokushima Prefecture

    The Iya Valley (祖谷渓, Iyakei) is a secluded, mountainous valley along the Iya River in western Tokushima Prefecture. Its steep forested slopes are connected to the outside world by a winding, sometimes unbelievably narrow mountain road that navigates the valley. While the deeper parts of the Iya Valley may be difficult to access, this remoteness is what draws visitors to the area to experience a traditional, rural culture that is difficult to find in modern Japan.

    Historically the Iya Valley has been a difficult place to enter, and has long served as a refuge for members of the defeated Taira Clan (also known as Heike) who escaped to the region toward the end of the 12th century after losing the Gempei War (1180-1185). Their descendants can still be found around the tiny mountain villages that dot the region.

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We can pick you up anywhere else you want around Iya ValleyPorts
    • Oboke Station
    Return Detail :
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Organised by Japan Guide Agency

Activity ID: V-92136P53

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