Discover Iya Valley

The secluded and mysterious Iya Valley on Japan's Shikoku Island transports visitors to another world. Dramatic mountain cliffs and untouched wilderness form the backdrop for exciting activities such as river rafting, forest adventures, and soaking in natural springs. Experience the serenity and natural beauty of this enchanting valley, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in the Iya Valley

The easiest way to get around in the Iya Valley is by car, since most major sights and attractions are inaccessible or difficult to get to by public transportation. If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from the nearest airport in the vicinity. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to the Iya Valley

Nearest airport: 

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport.

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes


Rental cars:

How long to stay in the Iya Valley

We recommend staying here for about two days.

Hotels in Iya Valley

Flights to Iya Valley

The nearest and most convenient airport is Kochi Ryoma Airport.

  • by car: approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes

Seasonal information


The hiking season in this area typically runs from Spring until Autumn.

Scenic rides:

  • Hashikurasan ropeway: click here to go to the official website

  • Okuiya Kanko Shuyu Monorail: click here to go to the official website

  • Oboke Pleasure Boat: click here to go to the official website

  • Unzenji Ropeway: click here to go to the official website

  • Kenzan Climbing Lift: click here to go to the official website

Festivals in Iya Valley

There is one famous festival in this area. Please be advised that the following info is based upon previous entries of the festival and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of the festival, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.


  • Ikeda Awa Odori Festival

    • Date: August 14th until 16th

    • Time: 19:00 - 22:00

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