NHK WORLD: Discovering the Wonders of Iya Valley

Violet Pacileo travels to Iya Valley in Tokushima Prefecture to meet with locals who are revitalising the region.

Deep in the mountains of Shikoku lies Iya, which is home to a few small settlements. The steep, narrow and misty valley is the stuff of lore. In the 12th century it was a haven for fugitive Heike clan warriors who easily slipped away in the rugged terrain. Over the years, the community has seen its population shrink and age. But a decade ago, Iya became a popular destination for overseas visitors. We visit Iya to find out why and search for hints for regional revitalization.

NHK World Japan (for overseas viewers / English subtitles):

  • First air date: 0830am-0900am (JST), Tuesday 15th Aug 2023
  • *TV reruns as well as streaming service available on NHK World Japan website

NHK BS1 (for Japanese viewers / Japanese subtitles):

  • Air date: 0500am-0530am (JST) & 1155am-1225pm (JST), Wednesday 16th Aug 2023

Streaming for a limited time here.

About “Journeys in Japan”

Journeys in Japan is an English language travelogue documentary TV on NHK World Japan for overseas viewers to discover new attractions of Japan. NHK World Japan introduces Japan in its everyday life to people who want to visit Japan or are interested in Japan, through the daily lives of its people. NHK World Japan is broadcast in more than 150 countries and territories worldwide.