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Ochiai-Shuraku (Community of Ochiai)

Ochiai-Shuraku (Community of Ochiai) lies almost in the center of Higashi-Iya Valley and village houses are scattered along hillside from the point where Iya and Ochiai rivers meet. This is a community of folk dwellings built during the middle of the Edo period (circa.1700) up to the beginning of the Showa period (circa 1930). Although it is not clear when at first, people started settling here, there subsist in this Iya region the legend of fleeting Heike Clan or folklore of frontier settlers. The slope of this hillside is quite steep and difference in relief within village community is about 390 meters. With the stone walls, built by piling the stones one at a time, and fields spread over the steep slope, you can encounter the long-forgotten scene of the mountain village and their natural beauty. Designated in 2005 as a national preservation area of the important traditional buildings.

Basic information

Ochiai, Higashi-Iya, Miyoshi City
Parking lot
No parking lot
Get off at Ikawa-Ikeda IC→Take the National route 32 bound for Kochi→Take the Prefectural road 45→Take the Prefectural road 32→Take the National route 439 bound for Mt.Tsurugi→Ochiai-Shuraku(Journey time is approx.1 hour and 20 minutes by car.) By bus - Take Shikoku Kotsu Bus bound for Kubo from JR Oboke Stn.→Get off at Ochiai-bashi Bus Stop