Kankakei is a gorge in Kagawa Prefecture’s Shodo Island. It is located in the heart of Setonaikai National Park.
The valley of Kankakei was formed over thousands of years as volcanic andesite and agglomerate were thrust upward via shifting of the earth’s mantle and eroded by rain and wind, creating a spectacular scene of sheer cliffs and rock formations.
It has been recognized as one of the Three Great Valleys of Beauty in Japan, one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan, as well as one of the “100 Natural Heritage Sites in Japan of the 21st Century.”
A ropeway runs across the valley, from which visitors can see the beautiful surrounding scenery, like the Seto Inland Sea, greenery of the surrounding mountains, and autumn leaves. The ropeway grants an amazing view that can encompass the sky, sea, and valley in one sweep.
The ropeway connects Kouun Station and the Summit Station, and runs every 12 minutes. (Boarding time 5 minutes)
There is also a hiking trail that leads up to the Summit Station, so it is recommended to take the ropeway up to the summit and then use the trail to descend. Of course, depending on your stamina and fitness you can also take the ropeway or trail both ways.
There are also restaurants, rest stops, shops, observation decks, and other facilities near the Summit Station.
Basic information on Kankakei (Ropeway)
- 327-1 Kankakedori, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
- 15 minutes by bus from Kusabe Port towards Kountei (get off at the last stop)
March 21st through October 20th 8:30-17:00. October 21st through November 30th 8:00-17:00. December 1st through December 20th 8:30-17:00. December 21st through March 20th 8:30-16:30.
※Ropeway departs in 12-minute intervals
- Open every day
- Ropeway Fee
- [Round-Trip] Adults 1350 yen. Children 680 yen. [One-Way] Adults 750 yen. Children 380 yen.