SHIKOKU HENRO – Shikoku Pilgrimage

What is the Shikoku pilgrimage?
The Shikoku pilgrimage route (also called “O-Shikoku”) is one of the few circular-shaped pilgrimages in the world. It includes 88 ‘official’ temples and numerous other sacred sites where Ku-kai (Ko-bo- Daishi) is believed to have trained or have spent time during the 9th Century. If walked, the entire route is about 1,200 kilometers long which allows one to experience the abundant natural surroundings of Shikoku and presents one with numerous opportunities to mix with the local people.

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This pilgrimage provides the chance to reflect on one’s life and to change for the better.
The motives for doing this pilgrimage are varied. For example, some come for religious reasons, some to pray for healing or safety in the home, or some in memory of those who have passed away. As well, some come just to get away from regular life, some for recreation, or some to spend time alone in reflection and to find oneself. To people today, it is being re-discovered as a healing journey. See more at wikipedia

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This pilgrimage should not be considered a stamp relay, but as a religious journey. Do not worry too much. Just take the first step and as you travel around, you will have time to reflect on yourself and obtain something from this endeavor. The local people will welcome you for your decision to embark on the Shikoku pilgrimage❤️.

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Listing 88 temples along the Shikoku Pilgrimage

1) Ryozenji Temple 霊山寺 

2) Gokurakuji Temple 極楽寺 

3) Konsenji Temple 金泉寺

4) Dainichiji Temple 大日寺 

5) Jizoji Temple 地蔵寺 

6) Anrakuji Temple 安楽寺 

7) Jurakuji Temple 十楽寺 

8) Kumadaniji Temple 熊谷寺 

9) Horinji Temple 法輪寺 

10) Kirihataji Temple 切幡寺 

11) Fujiidera Temple 藤井寺 

12) Shosanji Temple 焼山寺 

13) Dainichiji Temple 大日寺 

14) Jorakuji Temple 常楽寺 

15) Kokubunji Temple 国分寺 

16) Kannonji Tokushima 観音寺 

17) Idoji Temple 井戸寺 

18) Onzanji Temple 恩山寺 

19) Tatsueji Temple 立江寺 

20) Kakurinji Temple 鶴林寺

21) Tairyuji Temple 太龍寺

22) Byodoji Temple 平等寺 

23) Yakuoji Temple 薬王寺 

24) Hotsumisakiji Temple 最御崎寺 

25) Shinshoji Temple 津照寺 

26) Kongochoji Temple 金剛頂寺 

27) Konomineji Temple 神峯寺 

28) Dainichiji Temple 大日寺 

29) Tosa Kokubunji Temple 国分寺

30) Zenrakuji Temple 善楽寺 

31) Chikurinji Temple 竹林寺 

32) Zenjibuji Temple 禅師峰寺 

33) Sekkeiji Temple 雪蹊寺 

34) Tanemaji Temple 種間寺 

35) Kiyotakiji 清瀧寺 

36) Shoruji 青龍寺 

37) Iwamotoji 岩本寺 

38) Kongofukuji 金剛福寺 

39) Enkōji 延光寺 

40) Kanjizaiji 観自在寺 

41) Ryukoji 龍光寺 

42) Butsumokuji 佛木寺 

43) Meisekiji 明石寺 

44) Daihoji 大寶寺 

45) Iwayaji 岩屋寺 

46) Jōruriji 浄瑠璃寺 

47) Yasakaji 八坂寺 

48) Sairinji 西林寺 

49) Jodoji 浄土寺 

50) Hantaji 繁多寺 

51) Ishiteji 石手寺 

52) Taisanji 太山寺 

53) Enmyoji 圓明寺 

54) Enmeiji 延命寺 

55) Nankōbō 南光坊 

56) Taisanji 泰山寺 

57) Eifukuji 栄福寺 

58) Senyūji 仙遊寺 

59) Kokubunji 国分寺 

60) Yokomineji 横峰寺 

61) Kouonji 香園寺 

62) Hōjuji 宝寿寺 

63) Kichijōji 吉祥寺 

64) Maegamiji 前神寺 

65) Sankakuji 三角寺 

66) Umpenji 雲辺寺 

67) Daikōji 大興寺 

68) Jinne-In 神恵院 

69) Kannonji 観音寺 

70) Motoyamaji 本山寺 

71) Iyadaniji 弥谷寺 

72) Mandaraji 曼荼羅寺 

73) Shusshakaji 出釈迦寺 

74) Kōyamaji 甲山寺

75) Zentsuji Temple 善通寺 

76) Konzōji 金倉寺 

77) Doryuji 道隆寺 

78) Goushoji 郷照寺 

79) Tennoji 天皇寺 

80) Kokubunji 國分寺 

81) Shiromineji 白峯寺 

82) Negoroji 根香寺 

83) Ichinomiyaji 一宮寺 

84) Yashimaji Temple 屋島寺 

85) Yakuriji 八栗寺 

86) Shidoji 志度寺 

87) Nagaoji 長尾寺 

88) Okuboji 大窪寺 

Shikoku travel guide

Shikoku is most famous for the 88 temples associated with the rising monk Khong Hai, who after his death was known as the Great Dharma Master (774 – 835). Men and women of all ages have walked this pilgrimage path for over 1,200 years.

To atone for their sins or to pray for health and success, white-clothed pilgrims begin their journey around Shikoku Island. The entire pilgrimage is 1,400 km long and takes 40 days. This 2-day sample tour in Tokushima Prefecture focuses on the first 9 of the 88 temples on the pilgrimage route [Shikoku Henro❤️]

The Shikoku region is an island formed from the four provinces of Kagawa, Tokushima, Kochi, Ehime. That is why it is called Shikoku (Four Kingdoms), meaning only four provinces. In recent years, the “Ohenro” pilgrimage route through 88 temples scattered in Shikoku has attracted a large number of tourists from abroad.

Located in the northeastern region of Shikoku is Kagawa Prefecture, including the Marugame / Kotohira area famous for the Kotohira-gu Temple – where the atmosphere is extremely solemn; and the area of Naoshima island – there are many works of art located around the island.

Tokushima Prefecture is located in the Eastern part of Shikoku. Including the Tokushima area known for the Awa Odori dance held every August and the Naruto area famous for the whirlpool arising due to the strong ebb and flow of the tide.

Kochi is the largest province of the four provinces in Shikoku. The Kochi area is the birthplace of Sakamoto Ryoma – an activist in the Meiji Restoration movement. Therefore, there are many attractions related to this character. Besides, in the Shimanto area, there is the Shimanto River flowing through, so it is suitable for those who love activities, such as Rafting.

Ehime Prefecture is located north of Shikoku. Including Imabari / Shimanami Kaido area and Matsuyama area. In the Imabari / Shimanami Kaido area, there is the “Shimanami Navy Pass” – a bridge connecting the islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Being able to cycle across the bridge is like traveling on the sea, so it attracts a lot of tourists to visit. Meanwhile, the Matsuyama area has Matsuyama Castle and Dogo-Onsen Hot Spring – appearing in the novel by writer Natsume Soseki.