Stay in a Thatched Farmhouse in Ochiai Overlooking the Mountain Valley of Tougenkyo no Iya & Enjoy Local Gourmet, Too!

The Ochiai community located in the town area of Iya within Miyoshi city, Tokushima prefecture has been designated as an important preservation area by the Japanese government because of its ancient architecture.



In our last article we introduced our experience of staying at “Fusho”, one of the thatched houses in the area (
A total of 8 thatched houses are used for accommodation. This time we’ll introduce “Ungai”, which is located halfway up the mountain.



Ungai is a renovated traditional Japanese house located next to Sanjo Shrine, which is also known as “Omiya-san” by the locals. Ungai was opened in May 2014.

Although the house layout has been left in its original, traditional state, the addition of a bathtub, toilet, and shower room, as well as under-floor heating allows visitors to enjoy a comfortable stay.


Relax on a sofa and admire the mountains, or enjoy some reading… Here, time always goes by slowly.

I also recommend going on a walking tour around the community, which is guided by local people. Among other details, they’ll you about the history of the community!
While you are welcome to bring ingredients and cook for yourself in the fully equipped kitchens, there is also a catering service available, which offers local Iya cuisine in traditional multi-tiered food boxes.



Made by local restaurants, they include special foods for guests.
An alternative option is to choose a meal plan where local moms come and prepare local cuisine for you.



Under the kind instruction of this lady, we learned how to make various local dishes, and enjoyed some fun cooking together.

The menu is filled with countryside gourmet that can be found on the everyday dinner tables of Iya households.
So this is the real pleasure of the countryside experience!
In addition to Fusho and Ungai, which we introduced this time, there are 6 other thatched houses within the community, all of which are lovely!
Choose your favorite and go and have a memorable countryside experience!


Tougenkyo Iya no Yamasato
Location: (Reception office) 142 Ochiai, Higashi-Iya, Miyoshi city, Tokushima prefecture
Tel: 0883-88-2540
Accommodation fees: Starting from 20,000JPY (Please refer to the official homepage for more details)
Parking: Available (Japanese) (English)
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Daisuke Chiba



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Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba

Daisuke Chiba / Photo-writer I was born in 1985 in Miyoshi City, Tokushima Prefecture, and now live in Tokushima City. After graduating university, I worked at a publishing company as an editor for various mooks, and in April 2014 I went freelance. I work as a photographer, copy-writer and editor, but also do product development and other stuff as well. If anyone needs me, I can do anything! Except, in spite of my being from Tokushima, dancing - I’m really bad at dancing Awa Odori!


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