This area preserves pristine nature and Japanese traditional mountain villages protected by steep mountains and gorges.

Along the Iya River runs V-shaped Iya-kei Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in Japan. It extends as much as 200 meters to the bottom of the valley at the deepest point. Houses dotted on the mountainside along the gorge create the scenic view so characteristic of this area. You can see many Japanese traditional houses still remaining here. Along the valley of the Iya River, there are also many hot springs that enhance the atmosphere of a somewhat remote and mysterious land. Access is not easy by public transportation. But, you can take a regularly run tour bus departing from JR Awaikeda Station. It is about 70 minutes by express train from Tokushima Station to Awaikeda Station.

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