Walk on the best parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail in Tokushima and Kagawa, enjoying wonderful views over cedar forests and rural villages

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 6 days

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Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 6 days

Mixed town roads (paved) and forest trails (unpaved) - the walk is strenuous at times, with days of up to 7 hours of hiking

 

Highlights

  • Walk on lovely parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail in Tokushima and Kagawa
  • Visit some of the most atmospheric temples on the trail
  • Spend a night in a Shukubo temple lodging, with authentic Shojin-Ryori Buddhist vegetarian cuisine
  • Enjoy wonderful views over cedar forests and rural villages
  • Undertake an authentic pilgrimage experience with moderate hikes of up to 5-6 hours
  • Visit the relaxing hot spring Onsen town of Kotohira Spa

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.

On your final day, you may wish to try your hand at Sanuki Udon noodle-making. 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.

This tour offers more advanced hiking. Please see here for trips best suited to families.

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