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Pilgrimage Experience

Dogo >> All Year Round >> 3,500JPY (Adult Price)

 

Dress up in Tsubakikan’s original cool pilgrimage gear for a gentle 1.5 km walking pilgrim experience. After your temple visit, make your own clay Daishi figure as a memento of your mini-pilgrimage.

You can feel what it's like to be an 'ohenro-san', someone who walks the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

 

Ehime & Kōchi 10-day tour

Sightseeing >> All Year Round >> 290,000JPY (Adult Price)

This ten-day tour takes you through some of the most scenic parts of Ehime and Kōchi, using trains and a private minibus. You'll visit castles, beaches, spas, and markets, and stay in a variety of accommodation including a temple lodging for pilgrims.

You visit the islands and coasts of the Inland Sea and the Pacific, as well as the mountainous interior of Shikoku. There are numerous opportunities to meet with local people and to enjoy the hot springs.

This tour is an excellent introduction to the western side of Japan's least-known island. 

Kochi

Kōchi Prefecture occupies the southern half of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It can be reached from Honshū only by road and rail through the other prefectures of Shikoku. There's also a ferry link to Kyūshū from Sukumo. As part of the Ohenro Shikoku Pilgrimage, Kōchi is the second prefecture that pilgrims visit.

Facing the Pacific Ocean, Kōchi is a great place to enjoy unspoiled beaches, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking and whale watching. The local specialty, katsuo no tataki, is made by taking a side of bonito tuna, lightly searing it over burning rice stalks, and serving it sliced thickly with garlic and sudachi juice. The people of Kōchi are known for their love of sake and other strong drink.

For the three days and nights of the Yosakoi festival in Kōchi, the streets of the main cities are filled by thousands of dancers in colorful costumes who dance behind trucks carrying live musicians.

Explore this fascinating area of Japan with Shikoku Tours.

 

Imabari Aquatic Cycle Race

Imabari is located at the Shikoku end of the Shimanami Kaidō, and as such, it's a mecca for cyclists. The city is also home to a robust shipbuilding industry. One of the conspicuous features of Imabari is its castle. Built by the master castle-builder Tōdō Takatora, it has a wide moat fed by seawater from the nearby port.

The first Imabari Aquatic Cycle Race was held last year. This unique event is a race on bicycle-powered pontoon boats. It's held in the moat of Imabari Castle under the beautiful multi-coloured stone walls. This year it's being held on Sunday, July 31.

There are individual races and team races. Fancy dress is encouraged, although the more serious contestants prefer cycling gear. This year, an added attraction is the self-built boat category. We hope to see some zany new vessels that do credit to Imabari's shipbuilding and pirate heritage. 

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About Shikoku

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  • Kagawa

      Kagawa Prefecture is located on the northeastern corner of Shikoku, facing Okayama Prefecture across the Seto Inland Sea. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Seto Ōhashi Bridge, by ferry...

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  • Katsurahama Beach in Kochi

      Kōchi Prefecture occupies most of the southern half of Shikoku, facing the Pacific Ocean. It can be reached from Honshu only by road and rail through the other prefectures of Shikoku. There’s also a...

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  • Awa Odori dance in Tokushima

      Tokushima Prefecture is located on the eastern central side of Shikoku, facing Okayama Prefecture across the Kii Channel. It can be reached from Honshu by road via the Akashi Channel Bridge, by...

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