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Oboke-Iya and Oku-Iya full immersion tour

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Two days and one night trip by car

Oboke-Iya and Oku-Iya full immersion tour

"Oku-Iya", another secluded region where the defeated and fleeing Heike warriors remain.
This is a course that allows one to fully immerse in nature. The tour begins in "Ochiai Village", which was designated as a national preservation area of important traditional buildings. It will take you around to the "Higashi-Iya Museum of Local History and Folklore," which exhibits the Heike clan's lives, and other places where you can learn about the old nostalgic scenes and history of ancient mountain villages. You will also be able to go around to visit marvels of nature such as "Oboke and Koboke," and "Iya Valley."

*The time may vary based on the duration spent at each sightseeing spot and lodging destination.

*Some sightseeing spots may be closed between December to March in the winter.

For more details, please check with each sightseeing location.

Oku-Iya Sightseeing Bus subsidy < *For travel agencies only >

Departure

Ikawa /
Ikeda IC

Departure

JR Oboke
station

Around
80 minutes

Around
40 minutes

01

Ochiai Village Observatory

【Estimated duration: 15 minutes】

The sight of houses that were constructed from the middle of 1700s to the early 20th century, stone walls that are stacked up one by one, and fields bring out old nostalgic scenes of ancient mountain villages.
From the Ochiai Village Observatory, you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of the village.

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Around 30 minutes

02

Okuiya-Kanko-Shuyu-Monorail

【Estimated duration: 65 minutes】

It is a monorail with seating for 2, an overall length of 4,600 meters, a difference in the level of 590 meters, the sharpest slope at 40 degrees, and the highest point at 1,389 meters. The ride duration is about 65 minutes. Enjoy feeling as though you are trekking the mountain while engaging in so-called forest-bathing, and appreciate the grace of nature.

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Around 15 minutes

03

Oku-Iya Niju Kazura Bashi (Double Vine Bridges)

【Estimated duration: 50 minutes】

Double Vine Bridges is surrounded by gorgeous scenery with an atmosphere of seclusion. The double vine bridges are sometimes called “Male and Female Bridges" or "the Wedded Bridge." You can stroll around the grounds freely, and go down to the riverside. There is also a man-powered ropeway called "Yaen" near the bridge, which allows one to cross the stream by which pulling a rope.

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Around 5 minutes

04

Village in the Sky Nagoro, Village of Scarecrows (Kakashi-no-Sato)

【Estimated duration: 40 minutes】

In Oku-Iya, there is a village that lives peacefully with scarecrows. There are scarecrows everywhere in the village, and the sight of scarecrows doing farm work and chatting calms the heart. All of the scarecrows are inscribed in the "Basic Scarecrow Ledger," and currently more than 300 scarecrows are livening up the village.

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Around 30-90 minutes

Overnight stay at an inn
near Oboke-Iya and
Oku-Iya

Around 5-40 minutes

05

Higashi-Iya Museum of Local History and Folklore

【Estimated duration: 30 minutes】

As the "home of the defeated and fleeing Heike," the Iya region is still alive today with legends. The relationship between "The Tale of the Heike Clan" and "The Legend of the Heike Clan in Iya" is introduced, and places that are related to the legend are featured on photo panels. Observe the appearance of Higashi-Iya through the four seasons for your self, the changes in daily tools from the shifting times, and artifacts that enrich daily life, all of which are remnants of generations that have been preserved carefully by the villagers.

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Around 20 minutes

06

Iya-no-Kazura Bashi
(Vine Bridge)
and Biwa-no-Taki
(Biwa Waterfall)

【Estimated duration: 40 minutes】

Iya-no-Kazura Bridge which holds the lamentable story of the Heike clan. It is said that it is made of vines so that it could be cut down if enemies approached.
This bridge is made of Actinidia Augusta (weighing about 6 tones). It is 45 meters long, 2 meters wide, and suspended 14 meters above-stream.
Biwa-no-Taki is located one minute away by foot from the Iya-no-Kazura Bridge. It is said that it is named after the story of defeated and fleeing Heike warriors that sounded their Biwa, a Japanese lute, by this waterfall while feeling nostalgic for the city of Kyoto and comforting each other.

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Around 15-20 minutes

07

Iya Valley
(Hinoji Valley and the statue of the Peeing Boy)

【Estimated duration: 20 minutes】

Iya Valley is made up of precipitous cliffs and steep mountains surrounding the Iya River. In spring, you can enjoy the beautiful fresh greenery and foliage that reaches from the valley floor to the peaks of the mountains in autumn. There is "Hinoji Valley," which was named for the shape of the winding Iya River, which resembles the Japanese hiragana character "hi," as well as the "statue of the Peeing Boy" on the edge of a 200-meter precipice, which was created based off a folktale that describes how the local children and travelers went there to show their bravado back in the old days.

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Around 30 minutes

08

Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat

【Estimated duration: 30 minutes】

The geological layers that were formed in the depths of the sea bed about 100 to 200 million years ago coincidentally appeared on the earth's surface due to uplift and erosion by the Yoshino River. The shelves of rock which can be seen up close almost seem like sculptures. From atop the boat, you will be able to peacefully appreciate the beauty of the valley in each of the four seasons, such as fresh green in spring, and colored leaves covering the ground in autumn.

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Around 1 minutes

09

Rest Area Oboke and Yokai house(Japanese hobgoblins)

【Estimated duration: 35 minutes】

Since this area is the home town of “Konaki-Jijii,” within the facility, there is a ""Yokai House (Japanese hobgoblins)"" that features local hobgoblin folklore. Out of the hobgoblins mentioned in local folklore, there are about 70 models of them that are displayed.
In addition, you can also enjoy touring the rocks and gemstones museum and shopping at the gift corner in the complex.

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Around
35 minutes

Around
2 minutes

Arrive

Ikawa /
Ikeda IC

Arrive

JR Oboke
station