Kanka Gorge & Ropeway

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Kanka Gorge & Ropeway information

Shōdo-shima , Japan
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ropeway one way/return ¥750/1350
Opening hours
ropeway 8.30am-5pm, to 4.30pm late Dec–late Mar
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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.