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In the valley of Iya


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After my brief stop in Okayama, I followed my road until Iya valley, on Shikoku, spending two nights at a mountain hotel. I voluntarily chose a remote and little frequented area in order to recharge my batteries, far from the hordes of tourists.

As always, the quality of the bath was one of my main criteria when I chose the hotel and this one didn't is accessed via a small cable car:

The view and atmosphere up there definitely lived up to my expectations...simply amazing...

The dining room, another delight, with a delicious and superbly presented Japanese meal! By the way, note the painting on the back wall.

It represents Kazura bashi, the local attraction, a vine suspension bridge ("bashi" is in fact a phonetic alteration of "hashi", which means "bridge") that I crossed the next morning. I must say that I wasn't particularly impressed when I got there. The bridge has some charm (I can't say the same about the surroundings though, especially the nearby parking lot), but I just didn't realize what made the place so specific:

But I understood as soon as I started to cross: note the significant spacing between the logs! Even though falling is more than unlikely, people who are afraid of heights will appreciate having to constantly watch down to see where they put their feet, especially when the wood gets slightly slippery because of the rain...

Categories: Travel - Onsen - Shikoku

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By mamie on 04/01/2010 at 22:44:06

photos toujours aussi belles , quant au pont il ne faut pas y aller avec des talons hauts

By よしみ on 04/08/2010 at 02:35:09




By Tarto on 04/08/2010 at 11:37:23


By Eno on 04/08/2010 at 15:35:53

Tu nous avais manqué et voilà que tu reviens avec des photos magnifiques qui m'ont fait pleurer de jalousie ! Si tu savais Ô combien j'ai eu envie d'y aller en les regardant....
Merci ; ))

By Ally on 04/17/2010 at 14:10:09

De magnifiques paysages sans trop de touristes ! Le rêve c'est certain !
Quant au pont, on risque effectivement juste de s'y blesser ! Ca me rappelle le Costa Rica où nous avions du signer une décharge... les ponts à 200m de haut étaient dans un bien pitoyable état ! Mais on y avait une vue incroyable !

By Elise on 05/01/2010 at 18:24:39

Le onsen me fait carrément envie, par contre, le pont : bonjour le vertige :))

By jess on 05/27/2010 at 11:00:38

Moi, j'aurais volontier partager ton repas!!!

By ju on 06/11/2010 at 13:20:31

je suis impressionné par les lieux que tu nous fais découvrir.
Quel est le nom du onsen?

By Tarto on 06/12/2010 at 00:40:13

Il s'agit de l'hôtel Kazura-bashi (en japonais かずら橋ホテル). Le site web est
L'hôtel en soi fait légèrement vieillot, mais le onsen vaut effectivement le coup !

By alex on 02/06/2012 at 23:56:42

mais y a t il moyen de reserver via un site en anglais?

By Tarto on 02/08/2012 at 06:43:24

Oui, le lien "English" redirige justement vers Japanican, un site de réservation en anglais. Sinon il y a également

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