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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Shikoku - Shodoshima
Kankakei Gorge
# 3   of 8 most visited
sights in Shodoshima

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The Kankakei Gorge is a breathtaking ravine at the center of Shodoshima Island. It is ranked as one of Japan's three most beautiful gorges and becomes particularly spectacular during the autumn color season which usually takes place in the second half of November.

A ropeway runs the length of the gorge between a rather basic lower station and a more developed upper station with a souvenir shop and restaurant. Both stations can be reached by car and offer parking lots. The upper station is near Shodoshima's highest peak and has observation decks with nice panoramic views over the gorge, the island and the Seto Inland Sea.

In addition to the ropeway, two hiking trails lead between the two stations. They are easy but steep trails that run mostly through the forest. The western trail is roughly two kilometers long and takes about one hour uphill or 30-45 minutes downhill. The eastern trail does not follow the ropeway as closely and is about three kilometers long.

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How to get there
By bus

There are four buses per day between Kusakabe Port and the lower ropeway station on weekends and national holidays from mid March to early December (daily during spring holidays, Golden Week, summer holidays and the autumn leaf season), but there is no service during the winter. The one way ride takes 15 minutes and costs 360 yen per person.

Bus network of Shodoshima:

By car

The upper and lower ropeway stations are connected by road and either station can be reached by car. The lower station is a 15 minute drive from Kusakabe Port, while the upper station is about a 40 minute drive from Tonosho Port, a 20 minute drive from Obe Port or a 30 minute drive from Fukuda Port.

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Hours and Fees
Kankakei Ropeway
Hours:8:30 to 17:00 (from 8:00 during the autumn color season; until 16:30 in winter)
Departures every 12 minutes
Closed:No closing days
Admission:750 yen (one way), 1350 yen (round trip)
A 10 percent discount coupon is available online

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