Iya Valley 祖谷渓谷

Located in the western part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku Island, the region of Iya is a Japanese jungle.

 

Some say the Japanese take life too seriously, but Statue of a Peeing Boy is a rather humourous show of Japanese culture. Legend has it that many years ago travellers to this region would relieve themselves while standing on this rock high up in the valley. The rock is now closed off for safety, but visitors love to see the statue. Walk back down the valley to Iya Onsen Hotel if you need food or drinks after.

Those looking to go hiking should visit mount Mount Tsurugi. At 1,955 metres tall and located to the east end of the valley, it is the second tallest mountain in Shikoku.

Tree lined river with many rocks and people near the water

Iya Valley

By na0905, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9729423

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