88 Hallowed Grounds of Shikoku – A Pilgrimage 1200 Years in the Making
Abundant nature, varied temples, one of Japan's most venerable hot-spring towns and delicious traditional cuisine walking on sections of the ancient 88 Temple Pilgrimage in Ehime Prefecture in north-west Shikoku.
Start from Kyoto or Osaka, spend 3 nights on Shikoku with 4 days of hiking, and return to Kyoto or Osaka.
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, cover the journey over many weeks, staying at Shukubo temples which provide overnight lodging.
This tour takes in some of the most beautiful hikes and breathtaking scenery on the trail, as well as emotive temples and overnight stays in both Shukubo and Onsen bath Ryokan which offer delicious traditional Japanese meals, exceptional service and warm hospitality.
We also offer
versions of this trip. And please ask for information about tour extensions to the mountain-top temple town of Mount Koya with its monastery lodgings, or the peaceful, agricultural community of Asuka with charming guesthouse or homestay accommodation.