TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

The Shikoku Pilgrimage is a famous trail of 88 temples in Shikoku island, roughly 1,200km long, associated with the famous Buddhist scholar Kūkai (774-835). Shikoku is a stunning part of Japan, shut off from the rest of the world. This walking tour is the best way to see the hidden beauty of Japan’s countryside. Though traditionally, the route was undertaken by walking, and would typically take up to 60 days, these days people also make the pilgrimage by car, buses, bicycles or even motorcycles.

The route was traditionally undertaken as path to achieve enlightenment, and the temples are divided into four groups, whose names reflect this. Temple numbers 1 to 23 represent awakening, 24 to 39 represent austerity, 40 to 65, enlightenment, and 66 to 88, nirvana.

Hankyu offer four separate tours for travellers wishing to take part in the pilgrimage, corresponding to the four separate prefectures in Shikoku: Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime, and Kagawa.

Below, we have provided travel plans for the first two of the four tours, Tokushima and Kochi.

The Tokushima tour covers the first 23 temples of the pilgrimage, including of course the very first temple, Ryōzenji, where you can buy everything a prospective pilgrim will need, including maps and guidebooks, the white henro clothing, hats, staffs, candles, and incense.

TOUR ITINERARY

On this three day tour, you will visit temples one to 23, which are all grouped fairly close to one-another in eastern Shikoku. Each day you will walk for approximately 4 to 5 hours, so please wear appropriate attire and footwear, and make sure you have some water with you. You will be accompanied throughout by an English-speaking assistant.

DAY 1| TRAIL EIGHT TEMPLES

Your flight from Haneda will take you to either Takamatsu or Tokushima airports. You will be met at the airport by your English-speaking assistant, and you will board a private coach which will take you directly to the first temple for the start of your walking tour.

Temples you will visit on the first day:

  • No.1 Ryōzenji Temple
  • No.2 Gokurakuji Temple
  • No.3 Konsenji Temple
  • No.4 Dainichiji Temple
  • No.5 Jizōji Temple
  • No.6 Anrakuji Temple
  • No.7 Jūrakuji Temple
  • No.8 Kumadaniji Temple

After you have completed your walk for the day, your private coach will pick you up and take you to your hotel.

Meal Breakfast Lunch Dinner Accommodation Hotel Sunshine Tokushima or similar

Accommodation Hotel Sunshine Tokushima or similar

DAY 2|TRAIL EIGHT TEMPLES

After breakfast at your hotel, your private coach will pick you up, and take back to the pilgrimage trail, where you left off the day before. On the second day, you will visit the following temples:

  • No.9 Hōrinji Temple
  • No.10 Kirihataji Temple
  • No.11 Fujiidera Temple
  • No.12 Shōsanji Temple
  • No.13 Dainichiji Temple
  • No.14 Jōrakuji Temple
  • No.15 Awa Kokubunji Temple
  • No.16 Kannonji Temple

At the end of the day, your private coach will pick you up and take you to your hotel.

Meal Breakfast Lunch Dinner Accommodation Hotel Sunshine Tokushima or similar

Accommodation Hotel Sunshine Tokushima or similar

DAY 3|SEVEN TEMPLES

After breakfast at your hotel, your private coach will take you back to the pilgrimage trail. On the second day, you will visit the following temples:

  • No.17 Idoji Temple
  • No.23 Yakuōji Temple
  • No.22 Byōdōji Temple
  • No.21 Tairyūji Temple (with ropeway)
  • No.20 Kakurinji Temple
  • No.19 Tatsueji Temple
  • No.18 Onzanji Temple

Finally, your private coach will pick you up and take you to either Takamitsu or Tokushima airport for your return flight to Haneda airport.

Meal Breakfast Lunch Dinner Accommodation Kussharo Prince Hotel

Accommodation Kussharo Prince Hotel

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