The Iya Valley region (祖谷渓) in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan is a scenic area known for its dramatic mountain valleys, thatched roof farmhouses and historic vine bridges. [Wikipedia]
Admire the thatched roof houses of Ochiai Village (落合集落, ochiai-shuraku) that adorn the steep slopes of Iya Valley's mountains, scaling 400 meters. The settlement is a Nationally Important Preservation District.
The Kazurabashi bridge is made from kiwi vines wihch are replaced every 3 years. It is one of the most famous attractions that Iya Valley is known for. It stands 15 meters above the Iya river, spanning over a distance of about 45 meters.
High above the Iya River, Tokushima has its own version of the Manneken Pis bronze statue found in Brussels. The Peeing Boy of Iya Gorge was said to be built here at Nana Magari—one of the most dangerous spots in the valley—to commemorate travellers who themselves would urinate off the edge.
Oboke Gorge is a narrow, steep-sided gorge close to the Iya Valley entrance known for its emerald blue waters. Both riverboat tours and whitewater rafting are offered here.