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Shikoku Pilgrimage Route

The Shikoku Pilgrimage Route refers to the 88 Temples that are associated with Kobo Daishi, a famous Buddhist Monk.

The Shikoku Pilgrimage Route makes stops at 88 temples that are associated with the famed Buddhist Monk Kukai, also known as Kobo Daishi. Henro is the Japanese word for pilgrim and on the island the inhabitants refer to the pilgrims as o-henro san. The practice of going on pilgrimages has existed since the Heian Period. These temples circle around the border of the island of Shikoku. It has a long history of many ascetic monks traversing to the different sites. Today a variety of individuals undertake the journey for pious or tourist purposes. The pilgrimage is traditionally completed on foot, but modern modes of transportation can be used.

The walking course consists of 1,200 kilometers and may take 30 to 60 days to complete. It is not required to visit the temples in order, but it is said that traveling in reverse is considered lucky. Those traveling to the temples can be recognized by the white clothing, sedge hat and walking stick. There are sites along the way where pilgrims can rest, spend the night, or be offered free food. These sites can be found with a sign that is meant for pilgrims only. Mount Koya, headquarters of Shingon Buddhism, is where many pilgrims begin and complete their pilgrimage. The 21 kilometer walking trail to Koyasan still exists, but there is a train available for use. When visiting each temple it is proper to wash yourself before entering the Hondo. Afterwards you are to make an offering of coins, incense, and osame-fuda.

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