Kankakei Gorge & Ropeway

Visit one of Shodoshima’s highest points for panoramic views
Kankakei Gorge, located centrally on Shodoshima, is an expansive valley renowned for its vibrant forests and unique, volcano-carved rock formations. Considered one of Japan’s three most beautiful valleys, the area shines in all seasons with verdant greenery in spring and summer, fiery foliage in autumn, and snow-dusted tree tops in winter. Thanks to its lush environment, the gorge is an excellent hiking destination and features two popular trails—Kankakei Omote and Kankakei Ura—both roughly 2 km in length. For elevated perspectives of this mesmerizing naturescape, opt for a ride on the Kankakei Ropeway!

The Kankakei Ropeway is the only ropeway in Japan that offers views of the sky, sea, and gorge simultaneously. During the 5-minute ride, which rises from 295 to 612 meters, enjoy panoramas of the tree-blanketed hills against the Seto Inland Sea. From the upper station, which is near Shodoshima’s highest peak, visit one of the area’s observation decks for picturesque views of the surrounding scenery. The upper station area also has a restaurant and a shop where you can relax after your nature adventure.
Address 〒761-4433 香川県小豆郡小豆島町神懸通乙168
Telephone Number 0879-82-2171
Business Hours3/21 - 10/20: 8:30–17:00 pm
10/21 - 11/30: 8:00–17:00 pm
12/1 - 12/20: 8:30–17:00 pm
12/21 - 3/20: 8:30–16:30pm
Days Closed for BusinessNone
PriceAdults: 1,890 yen (round trip); 1,050 yen (one-way)
Children: 950 yen (round trip); 530 yen (one-way)
*pricing varies if you are with a group of more than 30 or 100 people
DirectionsApprox. 30 mins by bus from Tonosho Port to Kusakabe Port
1 min walk from Kusakabe Port to the Kusakabe Port bus stop
Approx. 15 mins by bus from Kusakabe Port to Kountei on Kankakei Line to Kountei
ParkingA 200-spot parking lot available at Sancho Summit Station
A 40-spot parking lot available at Koun Hillside Station (Kountei)
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