Okay so it’s purely amazing how much time difference the most direct mountain roads and the toll expressway have between eachother. It took us like 6 hours from The northern part of Kochi prefecture to get to the middle of Tokushima. Then it took only 1.5 hours to get back by toll road. Granted the toll was like 20$ without the ETC card thingy, but still it’s totally worth it for how much easier of a drive it is.
Anyway, Iya Valley was gorgeous. The leaves were every color leaves can be. Walking on the vine bridges was pretty scary even with the cables laced through them. Lots of places to twist your ankle if you’re not careful, and they move whenever someone else takes a step.
I had my first Onsen experience, and it was awesome! Pretty cheap place that only cost 1000 yen (10 bucks) and it was pretty nice. Felt great afterwards, I’d do that every weekend.