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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour

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Local Cuisine

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12 Nights

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From US$5175.00

  • Stay in a temple overnight in the sacred temple town of Mount Koya.
  • Venture across a bridge of vines in the remote Iya Valley.
  • Bathe in natural thermal waters at historic Dogo Onsen.
  • Walk on the loveliest parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail.
  • Eat wonderful local food in the Hirome Ichiba Market in Kochi city.
  • Visit the beautiful hill-top castle in Matsuyama.
  • Enjoy a mixture of traveling by private vehicle and trail hikes.
  • Experience the beautiful and charming surroundings of the Shikoku region.
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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour

  
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Mt Koya - Tokushima - Iya Valley - Kochi - Matsuyama - Kagawa

12 Nights | From US$5175.00

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A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

Journey to Shikoku, the fourth largest island in Japan and home to the 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail. This incredibly deep spiritual route has inspired pilgrims for centuries, with very little being known about its origin, the trail also has a mysterious connection with Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. Even today, it is not a rare sight to see pilgrims around the island wearing their distinctive attire and white cloaks. The full pilgrimage route encompasses more than a thousand kilom... View More

Journey to Shikoku, the fourth largest island in Japan and home to the 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail. This incredibly deep spiritual route has inspired pilgrims for centuries, with very little being known about its origin, the trail also has a mysterious connection with Kobo Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. Even today, it is not a rare sight to see pilgrims around the island wearing their distinctive attire and white cloaks. The full pilgrimage route encompasses more than a thousand kilometers around Shikoku and connects 88 Buddhist temples. Pilgrims traditionally would trek the pilgrimage trail on foot over several weeks going from temple to temple. Join All Japan Tours as we take you through Shikoku, exploring the stunning trails and ancient temples.

For this tour, we have selected the absolute best walking trails that pass through charming landscapes and explore the historic route. We will visit all four of Shikoku’s prefectures – Tokushima in the east, Kagawa in the north, Ehime in the west, and Kochi in the south. Each prefecture has its own special character, food, and scenery that we will be able to enjoy. In addition to exploring the pilgrimage trail, our journey will also take us to the isolated Iya Valley located deep in the heart of Shikoku. Our pilgrimage journey begins with a stay on Wakayama’s ‘Mount Koya’, the hilltop temple complex on Honshu established by Kobo Daishi, as well as an important location for enthusiasts of the pilgrimage route. With public transport being rather limited in the rural areas of Shikoku, we will travel primarily by private vehicle. However, we will still be able to enjoy traveling from temple to temple through countryside and forest along the ancient route. Our accommodations throughout the route will be traditional country inns while we enjoy the regional cuisine prepared from local ingredients from the wondrous island. We will also be able to rejuvenate and soak in natural hot springs, as well as enjoy the superb hospitality, known as ‘omotenashi’ in Japanese, of our lovely hosts.

For those looking to explore Japan's ancient culture, history, and religion while exploring the countryside, this tour is a wonderful choice. You will explore hidden gems and enjoy the scenery as you hike the trails on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage Route, as many pilgrims have done in the past and still do today.

Activity Level: Intense
Our Intense tours generally have dedicated days of trail walking, with some days of over four hours and with some ascent and/or descent.

Who is an Intense tour designed for?
- We recommend our Intense tours for anyone who does regular walking or hiking, and is comfortable walking a full day with some climbing and descending.
- If you do not exercise regularly, please practice walking for three to four hours, about three to six months prior to the tour in order to get the most out of your trip.

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Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa

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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5175.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

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Sun. Apr 6, 2025 Fri. Apr 18, 2025 US $5175.00

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Mt Koya / Tokushima / Iya Valley / Kochi / Matsuyama / Kagawa

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13 Days 12 Nights | from US $5175.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

A small-group guided walking & hiking tour to Sacred Mount Koya & The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Oct 13, 2024 Fri. Oct 25, 2024 US $5175.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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