Temples and Trails of Shikoku

A small-group guided walking tour to sacred Mount Kōya and The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail.

Temples and Trails of Shikoku

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Temples and Trails of Shikoku
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  • Duration: 13 days
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  • Availability: May to November
  • Type:Guided tour with an expert bilingual guide
  • Price: From USD 5,175(Price per person, based on 2 travellers sharing a room)

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  • Stay in monastery lodgings in the temple town of Mount Kōya
  • Walk on the loveliest parts of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage trail
  • Walk across a bridge of vines in the remote Iya Valley
  • Eat delicious local food in the Hirome Market in Kōchi
  • Bathe in natural thermal waters at historic Dōgo Onsen
  • Visit the beautiful hill-top castle in Matsuyama

The fourth-largest of Japan's islands, Shikoku is home to the 88 Temple Pilgrimage Trail. Fascinating aspects of this deeply spiritual route include how little is known of its origins, and its mysterious connection with Kōbō Daishi, founder of Shingon Buddhism. Pilgrims have walked the trails for 1,200 years, and even today we will see pilgrims in their distinctive attire and white cloaks throughout the island. The full pilgrimage route encircles Shikoku and connects 88 Buddhist temples, covering more than a thousand kilometres. Pilgrims, known in Japanese as ohenro, traditionally did the journey from temple to temple on foot over many weeks. 

Our tour selects the best of the walking trails through lovely landscapes. We visit all four of Shikoku's prefectures - Tokushima in the east, Kagawa in the north, Ehime in the west, and Kōchi in the south. Each region has its own distinctive character, culinary culture, and scenery. In addition to the pilgrimage trail, our journey includes the remote Iya Valley, deep in the heart of Shikoku. We begin our journey with a stay on Mount Kōya, the hilltop temple complex on Honshū established by Kōbō Daishi, and an important location for Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage devotees.

Public transport in the rural areas of Shikoku is limited and we will travel mainly by private chartered vehicle, but we will still enjoy walking along the ancient route from temple to temple through countryside and forest. We will stay in traditional country inns enjoying regional cuisine prepared from local ingredients from the island, soaking in natural hot springs, and enjoying the exceptional hospitality of our hosts.

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What is included
Full-time services of an English-speaking tour guide
12 nights in hotels and Japanese-style inns
Daily breakfast and 9 dinners
All transportation between tour locations
Entrance to museums, temples, and other sights on the group's itinerary
Forwarding of 1 item of luggage with daily luggage transfer on a portion of the trip
What is not included
Airport transfers
Drinks and meals not included in itinerary
Entrance fees to museums, temples, etc. not mentioned in the itinerary
Single room supplement for solo travellers at hotels

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