Abundant nature, and varied temples with walks on sections of the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Ehime Prefecture in Shikoku

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 4 days

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Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 4 days

Mixed town roads (paved) and forest trails (unpaved) - a moderate walk, with days of up to 5 hours of hiking

 

Highlights

  • Walk on lovely parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail in Ehime
  • Stay at an authentic hilltop Shukubo pilgrims lodging on the trail
  • Climb the iconic ladder to the meditation spot used by Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism
  • Bathe in natural thermal waters at historic Dogo Onsen
  • Sleep on Futons laid out on Tatami-mat flooring in traditional Japanese inns
  • Visit the beautiful and historic castle in Matsuyama

Shikoku is Japan's fourth-largest island, home to some of the country's most spectacular and undeveloped scenery. The island is also the setting for an ancient walking trail, the challenging Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples and the full walk covers more than a thousand kilometres. Pilgrims, known as O-henro, traditionally covered the journey on foot over many weeks, staying overnight at Shukubo temple lodgings. Most modern travellers now travel from temple to temple by tour bus, but we have found sections of the original route which can still be enjoyed on foot.

Please ask for information about tour extensions to the mountain-top temple town of Mount Koya with its monastery lodgings, the art island of Naoshima or the UNESCO World Heritage of Miyajima Island, and Tomonoura Bay on the Setouchi inland sea.

 

We happily welcome younger walkers on to our trips with an accompanying adult. We offer a 10% price reduction for children (6-11) and an 80% price reduction for infants (0-5). Please contact us for specific hiking, meal or bedding enquiries. Please see here for other trips best suited to families.

 

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