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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
On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to transportation fares. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees and fares in this section may not be up-to-date.

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 350 yen per person.

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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
On April 1, 2014, the consumption tax increased from 5% to 8%, causing widespread changes to admission fees. This page has not been updated yet, and some of the fees in this section may not be up-to-date.

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:700 yen (one way), 1250 yen (round trip)
A 10 percent discount coupon is available online

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