On this page you will find the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
How do you go to Kazurabashi by car or bus?
The closest exit is Ikawa・Ikeda, off Tokushima Road, or Otoyo, off Kochi Road.
It takes about 1 hour from each exit.(National Route 32)
【If you get off Ikawa-Ikeda exit】There are 2 routes.
①National Route 32→(Oboke)Prefectural Road 45→Prefectural Road 32:Approximately 37km(50 minutes)
②National Route 32→(Iyaguchi)Prefectural Road 32(Iyakei・Shobenkozo):Approximately 33km(1hour)
Route①It is a single lane road to Kazurabashi so large buses can enter. However they cannot enter beyond Kazurabashi in the direction of OkuIya.
Route②Large buses cannot enter. Medium or small size buses are okay.
How do you set Kazurabashi in the car navigation system?
Please set the nearest parking lot.
■Kazurabashi Yume Butai
Address:162-2 Zentoku, Nishi-Iyayamamura, Miyoshi City
Map code:357 130 557*28
How much does the Kazurabashi Yume Butai parking cost? How many parking spaces are there?
Below are the prices and the number of parking spaces at Kazurabashi Yume Butai.
・A standard-sized car ¥500(350 parking spaces)
・A large-size bus ¥1,570(20 parking spaces)
・A medium-size or a small-size bus ¥1,050
When is Kazurabashi opened?
Open all year round from sunrise to sunset. Opening hours are below.
・April～About July 20th:7:00 a.m.～ 6:30 p.m.
・About July 21st～August:6:30 a.m.～ 7:00 p.m.
・September:7:00 a.m.～ 6:30 p.m.
・October～November:7:00 a.m.～ 5:30 p.m.
・December～mid-February:8:00 a.m. ～ 5:00 p.m.
・Mid-February～March:8:00 a.m. ～ 6:00 p.m.
※It is illuminated everyday from 7:00 p.m. ～ 9:30 p.m.
How much does it cost to cross Kazurabashi?
Adults (over aged 13)¥550 / Children (under aged 12)¥350
・Group discount (more than 20 people):Adults \500,Children ¥320
・Discount for the Disabled:Adults ¥270,Children ¥170
※You need to present your disability certificate or rehabilitation certificate.
How do you go to Shobenkozo (The statue of the Peeing Boy) by car or bus?
【If you get off Ikawa・Ikeda exit, off Tokushima Rode】
National Route 32→(Iyaguchi)Prefectural Road 32(Iyakei・Shobenkozo):Approximately 25km(45 minutes)
Fixed route buses go to Shobenkozo. Large buses cannot enter. Medium or small size buses are okay.
How do you set Shobenkozo (The statue of the Peeing Boy) in the car navigation system?
Please set the nearest hotel.(About 350 meters away from Shobenkozo)
Address:367-2 Matsumoto, Matsuo, Ikeda-cho, Miyoshi City
■Shobenkozo:Map code:357 308 376*24
Are there any parking lots near by?
There are no parking lots. However you can stop your car on the side of the road. Please do not get in the way of other cars.
How many buses go to Shobenkozo (The statue of the Peeing Boy) in a day?
How long does it take from Shobenkozo to Kazurabashi on foot?
It is about a 9km walk. (2 hours 40 minutes) You can enjoy each of the four seasons at Iya Ravine, especially the season of fresh green leaves and the autumn leaves.
Where can I go to enjoy the view of Oboke・Koboke?
You can walk around Oboke・Koboke. You can also ride a boat and enjoy the view of Oboke Ravine
・Oboke Ravine is a 5km walk from JR Oboke station to Hotel Sun River Oboke. (90 minutes)
・Koboke Ravine is a 3km walk from Hotel Sun River Oboke to Koboke observatory (Shirakawa Taniguchi). (50 minutes)
How long does it take from JR Oboke station to the nearby tourist spots on foot?
・It is about a 1.4km walk from JR Oboke station to Michinoeki「Oboke」(Lapis Oboke). (24 minutes)
・It is about a 1.8km walk from JR Oboke station to Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat. (30 minutes)
・It is about a 3.1km walk from JR Oboke station to Statue of Konaki-Jijii. (52 minutes)
How do you go to Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat by car?
The closest exit is Ikawa・Ikeda, off Tokushima Road, or Otoyo exit, off Kochi Road.
It takes about 30 to 35 minutes from either exit.(National Route 32)
How do you set Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat in the car navigation system?
Please set the Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat information.
■Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat
Address:1520 Nishiu, Yamashiro-cho, Miyoshi city
How do I get there using public transportation?
When is Oboke Ravine Pleasure Boat opened?
Open all year round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Oboke Pleasure Boat will depart when it reaches a certain number of passengers. No reservation is required.
It is a 30 minute boat ride. You will be dropped off at the same place as you got on.
It may be cancelled in case of flooding, strong wind and/or heavy storm. Please call to make sure in advance.
Where can I get on the sightseeing bus?
①Get out of JR Awa Ikeda exit gate, turn right on to Sakae-cho street, walk 300 meters(4 minutes),
then you will see the bus terminal on your right.(You can buy bus tickets there.)
②Get out of JR Awa Ikeda exit gate, you will see Awa Ikeda station Work Plaza on your right.(You can buy bus tickets from the tour guide.)
Can I rent a car?
You can rent a car on the rental day. However we recommend you reserve in advance.
■Car rental companies that allow reservation on the rental day
(Reserve via e-mail) 0883-79-5650
(Reserve via e-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org
(Reserve via phone) 0883-84-1211
(Reserve via e-mail)email@example.com
I have a few hours till my next train. Is there anywhere I can go?
There is a tourist information office in front of JR Awa Ikeda station.
We will provide you with a map and give you information about nearby tourist spots.
For example:Ikeda Tobacco museum, Udatsu Townscape
Can I reserve tickets for rafting at the tourist information office?
You cannot reserve tickets at the tourist information office.
There are about 20 different rafting companies in Miyoshi city and around the middle basin of Yoshino River in Kochi prefecture.
The raft trips and the prices vary depending on each company, so we recommend you check their websites and make reservations directly.
Are there any organizations that provide a tour of the city?
Listed below are 3 organizations. You need to reserve in advance.
Please contact Miyoshi city Sightseeing Information Office(0883-76-0877) for details.
Also we introduce the 3 organizations on our website, under the page 「Play」.
・Hashikura temple animal mystery tour guide(A tour of Hashikura temple)
・Walking Trip along the Road of Awa tobacco of Ikawa-cho Tsuji (A tour of Ikawa cho Tsuji city)
・Yobigoto tour guide (A walking tour of Kazurabashi, Iya Ravine)
Are there any places or lockers where I can store my baggage?
They have baggage storage at the Ikeda station ・Oboke station ・Iya Kazurabashi Yume Butai. Check below for details.
Where can I eat Iya soba noodles?
Many hotels and traditional Japanese inns serve it. It is also served in cafeterias. Please contact Miyoshi city Sightseeing Information Office 0883-76-0877 for details.
We also offer the experience of making soba.. Please contact the places below for information and reservations.
【Hotel Sun River Oboke】(Yamashiro-cho)
TEL 0883-84-2111(Business hours:8:00 a.m. ～ 8:00 p.m.)
【Traditional Soba noodle making experience】(Higashi Iya)
TEL 0883-88-562 Tsuzuki
There are many local dishes you can try as well. Please contact Miyoshi city Sightseeing Information Office for details. Phone number:0883-76-0877