Temples and Trails of Shikoku

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Shikoku is home to one of the world's best known pilgrimage routes - the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage trail, with a history that stretches back 1200 years.

 

Originally, the pilgrimage was exclusively followed by monks, but over the centuries, the popularity of the pilgrimage route grew to include common people walking in entreaty, in penance, in gratitude, and in devotion. O-henro san embarking on the entire 88 temple route, would walk for weeks and months at a time.

 

Our Temples and Trails of Shikoku tour selects the best of the walking trails through lovely landscapes. We visit all four of Shikoku's prefectures - Tokushima in the east, Kagawa in the north, Ehime in the west, and Kochi in the south.

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