Learn from their strengths and reform your own shortcomings.
Whether sick or healthy, rich or poor, you will be saved through Buddha’s compassion and through the practice of faith and asceticism.
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We spend the night here in a comfortable, small onsen resort that combines both Japanese and Western-style accommodation. We begin today’s walk here with a short climb that leads us to the 23rd temple, Yakuo-ji.
Dinner is a traditional Japanese banquet, composed of many delicious dishes. Within the temple precincts is a striking red and white pagoda and we are also provided with views over the town and beyond to the Pacific. We set out walking from our accommodation for Mikuro-do, a cave where Kukai meditated for three years as a young man.
The maximum group size for this tour is 12 persons. If we accept a booking we guarantee to run the tour.
The Shikoku Temple Pilgrimage tour takes us to Japan’s fourth main island to explore Shikoku, a sparsely populated and beautiful, rural region.
We meet in Tokushima in the lobby of our accommodation at pm for the tour briefing, which is followed by dinner with the Walk Japan Tour Leader. We may also add to our walking gear if we wish before setting out on the first leg of our pilgrimage. We pass through a delightful farming hamlet before finally arriving at Shosan-ji, the 12th temple.
A nearby , a hospitable and popular restaurant, provides an atmospheric venue to begin our tour together. A generally flat route today, we wend our way past paddy fields, plum orchards and market gardens. Onsen are a lovely way to relax and refresh ourselves before a delicious dinner. Shosan-ji is in a spectacular setting surrounded by old and venerable sugi trees.Daily walking distances vary between an easy 9km through to a moderate 18.5km following mountain trails and pavement.There are several passes, some steep and long but these, as with all the walking, are climbed at a comfortable pace.In general, the route is gently undulating but also includes some steeper climbs of an hour or more. An 11 day, 10 night tour starting in Tokushima and finishing in Takamatsu.Tour accommodation is in hotels, Japanese inns and pilgrims lodgings.The whole Pilgrimage stopping at each temple takes 40 days or more.