Where the land reveals its inner beauty

Kankakei Gorge on Shodoshima

shodoshima island
Looking over the township of Shodoshima island. | photo Takuma Kimura

ABOUT Kankakei Gorge

Kankakei Gorge is the result of volcanic activity on Shodoshima Island 13 million years ago, and the area boasts magnificent scenery. Kankakei is one of the top 3 most scenic ravines in Japan. The difference in elevation on the ropeway ranges from 317 meters to 917 meters and fills visitors with a sense of thrill and an awe for the mystery of nature, while providing a panoramic view of the islands sky, sea, and canyon. From fresh green in spring, deep green in summer, autumn foliage, to winter’s silence, visitors can enjoy an ever-changing view of the four seasons.

The gorge is located in the middle of the island. The ropeway runs between two stations: a basic lower station, and an upper station with gift shop and restaurant. The upper station is near the island’s highest peak and has observation decks with fantastic panoramic views over the gorge, the island, and the Seto Inland Sea.

More information:

*Business hours depend on season.

     –March 21st~October 20th, December 1st~December 20th: 8:30~17:00

     –October 21st~November 30th: 8:00~17:00

     –December 21st~March 20th: 8:30~16:30

* A one-way ride is approximately 12 minutes.

Access: Take the bus from Tonosho Port to Kusakabe Port (about 60 minutes). Then take a bus from Kusakabe Port bound for Kountei to the Kankakei stop (about 15 minutes).


The second largest island in the Seto Inland Sea, Shodoshima belongs to Kagawa Prefecture, but is easily accessible from ferries running from Okayama Prefecture as well.

Shodoshima boasts several nice beaches, hot spring resorts, and beautiful coastal scenery on the exterior of the island, with a mountainous interior. Some of the sights on the interior of the island include the famous Olive Park, Kankakei Gorge and ropeway, and a monkey park.

Gourmands will enjoy touring a soy sauce museum to learn about the 400-year-old tradition of making soy products on the island. Sesame seed oil and olive products are also well-known items from the region. Popular sightseeing destinations on the exterior of the island include a soy sauce factory, and Angel Road, a sandbar that visitors can walk along at low tide to reach a small island.

Shodoshima is part of the Setouchi International Art Triennale; as such, several permanent installations of contemporary art are on view to visitors. The artwork creates a wonderful contrast between the modern and the traditional as well as the natural and human-made.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
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