We offer two types of 1 Day Touring Courses: One is for set routes which have a flat rate and go to the main sights of either Nishi-Iya or Oku-Iya.
The other is for custom tour routes that suit your specific interests. We have created a few suggested custom routes of this type which optimize the travel time needed along with the best points of interest, but please don't feel you are limited to only these routes. You can fully customize these routes however you prefer!
Furthermore, we wish to offer you the best price and plan based on your interests, time allowance, and budget. So please let us help you arrange your trip, because nobody knows the the roads of Iya like us!
*Please Note: Some sights have entrance fees and they are not included in these prices.
** Also understand, the route stopping points may not go exactly in the order listed here due to either weather considerations or road construction. We will go in the optimum order of that particular day for your benefit.
Want to know more about where to go? Check the IyaTime travel guide for detailed information about all Iya Valley and Oboke area sights, activities, restaurants, and hotels. All you need to know, in English!
The time needed, fees and course routes here are fixed. If you would like to alter these routes by adding other points, please see the custom routes below.
*Please Note: the fixed routes given here are based on departure/return to JR Oboke Station however departure/return to any Oboke and Iya area hotel is also possible. Please let us know when contacting from where you wish to depart/return.
*Deep Iya Guided Tour Route 6 hours
For those who want the ultimate Iya Valley tour, then this is it. On this special course, an English speaking local guide rides along with you and the driver, explaining every part of Iya including local life, customs, culture, and history. Our fun and knowledgeable guides will take you on a special in-depth walk upon the ancient paths of Ochiai Village, as well as take you through the Scarecrow Village, the tranquil Double Vine Bridges, the local History Museum, and various viewpoints. There is not a better or more comprehensive guided tour of the Iya Valley available anywhere, and you are sure to enjoy!
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station (or hotel) → Ⓑ Iyakei Gorge (Peeing Boy Statue) → Ⓒ Ryugugake Park & Manpu Gorge Walk → Ⓓ Higashi-Iya Museum of History and Folklore → Ⓔ Ochiai Village Walking Tour → Ⓕ Nagoro Scarecrow Village Walk → Ⓖ Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges → Ⓗ Ochiai Village Viewpoint → Ⓘ JR Oboke Station
*Available from April 1 to December 1. Please understand that we have a limited number of guides, so if they are already booked, then this course may not be available. Please read the "More Info" about this course before booking.
Nishi-Iya Course Route 2 hours ¥7800 (small taxi)
This course goes to the main sights of Nishi-Iya, including the main Kazurabashi Vine Bridge and viewpoints in the upper part of the Iyakei Gorge.
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station → Ⓑ Heike-Yashiki Historic House Museum → Ⓒ Kazurabashi Vine Bridge, Biwa Waterfall → Ⓓ Iyakei Gorge, Hi-no-Ji Bend Viewpoint → Ⓔ Peeing Boy Statue → Ⓕ JR Oboke Station
Higashi-Iya Course Route 6.5 hours ¥20,300 (small taxi)
This course goes to the main Vine Bridge in Nishi-Iya as well as the deepest points of Higashi-Iya (known as Oku-Iya "Deep Iya") which includes going to the Scarecrow Village, stopping at the beautiful and secluded Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges, an extended stop at the base of Mt Tsurugi, allowing one to go up the mountain via chairlift.**
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station → Ⓑ Kazurabashi Vine Bridge, Biwa Waterfall → Ⓒ Bukeyashiki Kita-ke Historic House → Ⓓ Soba Dojo Restaurant (lunch break) → Ⓔ Nagoro Scarecrow Village → Ⓕ Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridge → Ⓖ Minokoshi, Mt Tsurugi Chairlift → Ⓗ JR Oboke Station
** the stop at Minokoshi, Mt Tsurugi is about 40 minutes. This is enough time to go via chairlift part of the way up the mountain to the upper chairlift station ("Nishi-jima Station") and see a great view of the Iya Valley from there. However this is not enough time to fully hike to the top of the mountain from Nishi-jima Station. The further hike would take an extra 2 hours to/from the summit. If you would like to extend for this hike you would need to arrange a Customized Touring Route. See below.
Custom Touring Routes
Custom touring routes allow you to choose exactly where you want to go. Fees for these routes are based on our hourly rates (¥4300 small taxi, ¥6500 jumbo taxi). You can also have one of our English speaking local guides come along for ¥2500/hour (4 hour minimum).
We put together a few sample routes below to give you an idea, and the times given are approximate, but you can add or remove other points to any of the routes, or simply construct your own route. Please contact us with your desired itinerary and we can give you an estimate for the time needed and the fee.
*Please Note: route times given here are based on departure/return to JR Oboke Station. If departing/returning to other locations, such as hotels, times will be adjusted accordingly.
**Also if you would like to include lunch we can include a stop at a restaurant for any course (additional time fee may be needed), however we also recommend getting some snacks or a lunch box before departure instead to have along the way. Next to JR Oboke Station is Boke Mart store which has a variety of food and drinks available.
Iya Onsen Hot Spring Tour Route 3 hours
This course goes to the main sights of Nishi-Iya, and also makes an hour long stop at the lovely river-side Iya Onsen Hot Spring, which is at the base of Iyakei Gorge and accessed by private cable-car.
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station → Ⓑ Iyakei Gorge, Hi-no-Ji Bend Viewpoint → Ⓒ Iya Onsen Hot Spring → Ⓓ Peeing Boy Statue → Ⓔ Kazurabashi Vine Bridge, Biwa Waterfall → Ⓕ JR Oboke Station
Oboke & Iya Area Tour Route 4 hours
This popular course goes to many of the main highlights and viewpoints of both sides of the Iya Valley as well as the Oboke Gorge Pleasure Boat.
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station → Ⓑ Oboke Gorge Pleasure Boat Cruise → Ⓒ Kazurabashi Vine Bridge, Biwa Waterfall → Ⓓ Ochiai Village Viewpoint → Ⓔ Ochiai Historic Village → Ⓕ Iyakei Gorge, Hi-no-Ji Bend Viewpoint → Ⓖ Peeing Boy Statue → Ⓗ JR Oboke Station
Oboke & Oku-Iya Area Tour Route 6 hours 30 min
If you want to fully see and experience what Iya has to offer, one must get out to Oku-Iya ("Deep Iya"). This extensive course covers all the main sights and viewpoints of the Iya Valley and Oboke Gorge. It includes the Hi-no-ji Bend viewpoint of Iyakei Gorge as well as the Ochiai Village viewpoint, an hour long ride through the dense forest on the Oku-Iya Mountain Monorail, a stop at the unique Scarecrow Village of Nagoro, a visit to the enchanting Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges, and the Oboke Gorge boat cruise.
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station → Ⓑ Iyakei Gorge, Hi-no-Ji Bend Viewpoint → Ⓒ Kazurabashi Vine Bridge, Biwa Waterfall → Ⓓ Ochiai Village Viewpoint → Ⓔ Oku-Iya Mountain Monorail → Ⓕ Nagoro Scarecrow Village → Ⓖ Oku-Iya Double Vine Bridges → Ⓗ Oboke Gorge Pleasure Boat Cruise → Ⓘ JR Oboke Station
Legend of the Heike Clan Tour Route 5 hours 30 min
Local legends say that 800 years ago upon losing the Genpei War, many of the fleeing Heike samurai warriors came to the Iya Valley to hide, and they brought with them the young Emporeror Antoku to keep him safe. This touring course goes to many of the historic spots that are connected to this legend.
Ⓐ JR Oboke Station → Ⓑ Kazurabashi Vine Bridge, Biwa Waterfall → Ⓒ Bukeyashiki Kita-ke Historic House, Hoko-Sugi Giant Cedar Tree → Ⓓ Asa-ke Historic House → Ⓔ Higashi-Iya History and Folklore Museum → Ⓕ Kurishido Hachiman Shrine → Ⓖ Ochiai Village Viewpoint → Ⓗ JR Oboke Station
Not sure where to go? Check out the IyaTime travel guide for details about all Iya Valley and Oboke area sights, activities, restaurants and hotels. All you need to know, in English!
Located on Rt 32 in the center of the Iya Valley, just a couple minutes from the Kazurabashi Vine Bridge. For over 50 years our family owned taxi company has been serving the residents and visitors of the Iya Valley. We know the roads here so well because we've been in operation since before most of them were even built !!
Kazurabashi Taxi Co. Ltd
Nishi-Iya, Miyoshi City
For more information in English about where we can take you in the Iya Valley and Oboke area, check out the IyaTime.com online travel guide.