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Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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Tour Code: GTY3663014

Shikoku Pilgrimage Trail Walking & Hiking Tour: Autumn

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13 days 12 nights

fromUSD $5175.00 (Limit to 13 guests)

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Single Supplement: USD $735.00


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

Autumn in Shikoku, the fourth largest island in Japan and home to the 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail, is the perfect time to hike this rewarding 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. With autumn's cool weather and colorful leaves, this tour will be an incredible journey that you won't forget. You will explore hidden gems and enjoy the changing leaves as you hike the trails on the 88 Temple Pilgrimage Route, as many pilgrims have done in the past and still do today.

Note: this is an intense rated hiking trip with some steady steep ascents and hikes over 4 hours.

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.

Accommodations
This itinerary contains overnight stays at Western Hotels, Ryokans, Minshukus, and Shukubo Temple Lodgings. Ryokans and Minshukus are traditional accommodations, with a more casual hospitality than you will find at a hotel. At both a Ryokan and a Minshuku, you will stay in a simply furnished room and sleep on a futon, which is laid on a tatami mat. A Shukubo is a lodging at a Buddhist temple, and, similar to a Ryokan, rooms are simply laid with futon bedding.
Some Ryokans may have private bathrooms attached to your room, but others only have public bathrooms used by all the guests. At a Minshuku and Shukubo, however, there are only public bathrooms – meaning either a smaller bathroom used one guest at a time, or larger bathrooms separated by gender (male & female), and designed to be used by multiple guests at once.

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Dates & Price

2024

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

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

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2025

Start Date End Date Twin/Triple Start City End City Style Save Status
Sun. Oct 12, 2025 Fri. Oct. 24, 2025 USD $5175.00

Small Group Limited to 13 passengers

Osaka Kotohira Onsen Active Minimum 4 / Book Now  

Please Note:

All prices are per person, based on twin (double on request) or triple occupancy.
International flights are not included on our tours - this allows you the flexibility to choose your own departure and get the best value for your money!

We can arrange international flights for US customers if needed, please ask for details.

Deposit

A 20% deposit is required to hold the space at time of booking and final payment is due 2 months prior to departure. At least 4 passengers minimum are required to guarantee the tour’s departure. Booked passengers will be informed 3 months before the starting date if the tour is not guaranteed, and they will have the option to either cancel and refund the amount already paid, or transfer the payment to another tour.

What's included

  • • 12 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns (Ryokan, Minshuku and Shukubo)
  • • All transportation between tour locations
  • • Forwarding of one item of luggage
  • • Comprehensive escorted with AJT professional English speaking tour guide

  •   Meals
  • • Breakfast everyday
  • • 9 dinners

  • Admission fees and activities
  • • All entry fees to sites, activities listed in the itinerary

What's NOT included

  • • International Airfares
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Meals that are not included in the itinerary
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • • Personal expenses such as telephone and laundry bills
  • • For single travelers, this tour has a single supplement. The Single Supplement for this tour only applies to Western-style hotels. For Ryokan / Minshuku / Temple Lodging, you will be paired with another traveler of the same gender.

Additional Information

Transport

Travel by private coach & public transportation between destinations.


Arrival Departure Airports

For arrivals at Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX), this tour starts in Osaka and ends in Kagawa, with departures at Takamatsu Airport (TAK) or Osaka Kansai Airport (KIX).


Meal Requests

Vegetarian or special meals can be arranged.


Meet and Greet

Airport meet and greet and arrival airport transfer are NOT included, but we will provide with full instructions in advance.


Itinerary In Brief

  • Day1   Meet in Osaka
  • Day2   Travel to Mount Koya and sightseeing
  • Day3   Travel to Tokushima and walk Ryozenji Temple to Kosenji Temple
  • Day4   Walk from Fujiidera Temple to Shosanji Temple
  • Day5   Walk from Kakurinji Temple to Tairyuji Temple
  • Day6   Walking Mount Tsurugi
  • Day7   Travel to Kochi-shi and sightseeing
  • Day8   Half day sightseeing in Kochi-shi and travel to Matsuyama
  • Day9   Walk from Daihoji Temple to Iwayaji Temple
  • Day10   Sightseeing in Matsuyama
  • Day11   Walk from Kokubunji Temple, to Shiromineji Temple and then to Negoroji Temple
  • Day12   Walk from Nagaoji Temple to Okuboji Temple
  • Day13   Tour ends

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