The gorge of Kankakei, one of Japan’s most beautiful natural spectacles, is located in the Setonaikai National Park. Rising 812 meters above the park, the gorge has been recognized by the Japanese government as a ‘Special Place of Scenic Beauty’.
A cherished natural treasure, Kankakei has had its own preservation society since 1898. Following the risk of governmental seizure in 1912, it was saved by a major soy sauce company. Since then, the gorge’s status as an area of natural beauty has been assured by its continued popularity. This is especially true in the autumn, when the foliage turns brilliant colors.
The best way to enjoy the spectacular views from the gorge is from the heights of the Kankakei Ropeway. For those who prefer to walk the beautiful surroundings, a parallel hiking path at 295 meters takes visitors from Shodoshima’s highest peak and through the gorge. Services are increased during fall months and on weekends, a bus to the Ropeway Station runs straight from Kusukabe Port.
A well-loved location for locals, Kankakei remains little known to international travelers, making it a fantastic opportunity for visitors to the area.
Opening times changes across seasons, 8:30-17:00 from March 21st to October 20th, 8:00-17:00 from October 21st to November 30th, 8:30-17:00 from December 1st to 20th and 8:30-16:30 from December 21st to March 20th.