Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 10 days

For hiking enthusiasts looking to experience the best Shikoku has to offer. Hike a mixture of paved town roads and unpaved forested trails on the loveliest parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Experience traditional pilgrim lodging, the atmospheric Iya Valley, and bathe in Japan’s oldest hot spring.

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 10 days

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July 2024
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Tour details

Shikoku 88 Pilgrimage self-guided 10 days
x1 traveller
USD 0
Single room additional charge
USD 1,125
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  • Duration: 10 days
  • Trip level:
    Intermediate
    Level
  • Availability: Recommended from March to November
  • Type:Self-guided
    Level
  • Price: USD 3,580(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)
Highlights
  • Enjoy visits to temples steeped in history
  • Spend two nights in a shukubo temple lodging
  • Sample authentic shojin ryōri Buddhist vegetarian cuisine
  • Climb the iconic ladder to the meditation spot used by Kōbō Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism
  • Bathe in natural thermal hot spring waters at Dogo Onsen, Japan’s oldest hot spring
  • Visit the iconic vine bridge in Iya Valley

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 Temple Pilgrimage. The trail connects 88 Buddhist temples and the full walk covers more than a thousand kilometres.

Pilgrims known as ohenro traditionally covered the journey on foot over many weeks, staying overnight at shukubo temple lodgings. Most modern travellers now travel from temple to temple by tour bus, but we have found sections of the original route which can still be enjoyed on foot.

On day 5 of your trip, you may wish to try your hand at Sanuki udon noodle-making. Please ask for information about tour extensions to the mountain-top temple town of Mount Kōya with its monastery lodgings, the art island of Naoshima or the UNESCO World Heritage of Miyajima Island, and Tomonoura Bay on the Setouchi inland sea.

Please note that tour offers more advanced hiking. 

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What is included
9 nights at Japanese inns on Shikoku Island
9 breakfasts and 8 dinners
Round-trip transportation from Kyōto or Ōsaka and 5 pre-paid taxis
Detailed day-by-day itinerary and walking directions and Shikoku Island guidebook
Topographical maps
Local support by telephone
Our Preparing for your trip and Travelling in Japan Guidebooks
What is not included
Flights
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Local bus journeys which must be paid directly to the bus driver and the cable car journey on day 3
Single room supplement(s) for solo occupancy
Daily luggage transfer
Itinerary

Tour itineraries are subject to change. We will inform you of any amendments as soon as we become aware of them.

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