Kankakei Gorge is situated in the central part of Shodoshima Island in Kagawa Prefecture. About 14 million years ago, intense volcanic activity in this region formed a mountainous terrain, which was then exposed to erosion and weathering over thousands of years. The terrain was eventually shaped into a geologically diverse gorge that has been designated a Place of Scenic Beauty and chosen as one of the three most beautiful gorges in Japan.
The summit of Kankakei Gorge is accessible either on foot, by car, or by Kankakei Ropeway, which will take you from Sanroku Koun Station located at the bottom of the gorge to the summit, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and the Seto Inland Sea. The scenery changes from season to season with vivid cherry blossoms in spring, lush greenery in summer, colorful maple leaves in autumn, and glimmering snowcaps in winter. The ropeway normally departs every 12 minutes (or every 6 minutes during peak travel seasons), and the ride to the summit takes about 5 minutes. The service is available year-round.
Once you get to the top, you can head to a viewing platform to enjoy the breathtaking panorama. There is a restaurant that serves olive beef croquette burgers and a gift shop that carries a variety of Shodoshima Island's signature products, from somen noodles to olive oil and soy sauce. You can also try a unique beverage called Momiji Cider, which got its name from the vivid red color of maple leaves. Finally, take a walk down one of the hiking trails to explore the area and visit some of the truly photogenic spots the gorge has to offer.
(Kountei) From Kusakabe Port: 15-minute bus ride to "Kountei" bus stop *The bus does not operate in winter.
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Open all year round