Stretching across the river, the Iya Valley vine bridges are a breathtaking sight, and crossing them is a good way to get your heart racing too.
Deep on the island of Shikoku, the quiet valley of Iya is infamously secluded, so much so that after losing the Gempei War, the surviving members of the Heike clan fled there seeking refuge. Remote and difficult to access, the valleys provided a safe-haven for which the bridges were key.
Strong enough to support crossings but easily sacrificed at a moments notice, they provided a vital transport method for supplies. Today, their descendants still live in the ever-shrinking communities, relying on tourism to keep the area alive. Although the bridges form the main draw to the area, the loca
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