Kanka Gorge & Ropeway
Sun Olive Onsen
Enjoy fabulous views of the Japanese Aegean from a variety of herbal baths. Located within Shōdo-shima Olive Park.
Shōdo-shima Olive Park
This park is where the island's olive-growing activities are celebrated with several whitewashed buildings, some fake Grecian ruins, a...
Marukin Soy Sauce Historical Museum
Shōdo-shima was famous for its soy beans long before olives arrived, and several old soy-sauce companies are still in business here....
Dutch Café Cupid & Cotton
Inside a knick-knack-filled windmill on a hillside, Dutch Café serves savoury and sweet 'real Dutch' pancakes. Turn right at the top of...
Kanka Gorge & Ropeway information
The cable car (寒霞渓ロープウエイ) is the main attraction at Kanka-kei in the central mountains, making a spectacular trip through the gorge, particularly when the foliage is ablaze with autumn colours (drawing scores of leaf-peepers). You can also take in the breathtaking views of the Inland Sea from the area around the upper cable-car station without taking the ride.
An alternative for keen walkers is to climb between the lower and upper cable-car stations via the Omote 12 Views (表12景; 2.3km) and Ura Eight Views (裏8景; 1.8km) tracks. There are other scenic walks from the upper station, including a hike to the eastern peak of Hoshigajō-yama (星ヶ城東峰; 817m).
On weekends, and on weekdays during peak periods, there are four buses a day from Kusakabe port to the lower cable-car station (紅雲亭; Kōuntei), with additional services during the autumn leaf-viewing season. There are no buses during winter.