An abandoned post town from the mid-18th century that could have been lost to time. But a group of volunteers came to the rescue. They keep up the village and rent out the residences as lodgings. It's a great way to experience the old lifestyle, and help preserve Odairajuku.
A campground tucked away near Achi Village in the Shimoina area. You can pitch a tent or book one of the cottages and bungalows. There's a tent sauna over a stream and locally baked natural yeast bread.
Tenryu River Boat Ride
The Tenryu River boat ride dates back some 100 years. Every year a new wooden boat is made, with its building method passed on from one boat maker to the next.
From Tokyo to Iida it's 3.5 hours by car, or 4.5 hours by express and local trains.