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Iya Valley

A bucolic counterpoint to the fast-paced, futuristic side of Japan, Iya Valley offers remote mountainous landscapes with rustic townships, and bridges made from vines. With deep ravines, perilous gorges and lush, forested slopes, this terrain is as beautiful as it is seemingly impenetrable, with a reputation throughout the ages for harboring bandits and disgraced samurai on the run. Today, the area is popular for its hiking and the opportunity it gives visitors to experience "slow life." The whole point of a trip to Iya Valley is to get away from it all, so the most "touristy" activities here are simply hiking, crossing the valley's famed old vine bridges and dropping into a handful of preserved mountain farmhouses. Plenty of time must be devoted to just enjoying the scenery - of Iya Valley's spectacular gorges and its dense forests - and appreciating one of Japan's least populated, least developed and slowest-moving destinations.

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