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Spiritual Experiences in Western Shikoku

4 Days

Overview

Spiritual experiences in Tokushima, Kagawa, and Kōchi

The Shikoku Pilgrimage has a history of more than 1,200 years. In addition to the 88 pilgrimage temples, there are also several sacred sites associated with Buddhism and Kūkai, the founder of the pilgrimage.

At these shrines and temples, you can participate in several ceremonies and experiences which are little known, even among Japanese people. On this tour, you visit seven sites in four days to experience these such special rituals.

The experiences include ascetic training under a waterfall, staying at a temple lodging, meditation in front of a beautiful Japanese garden, and playing traditional shrine instruments dressed in Shintō robes.

The tour visits temples and shrine in Tokushima, Kagawa, and Kōchi prefectures.

Itinerary

Day 1 :

The tour starts in Tokushima, where you visit Ryōzen-ji, the first temple of the Shikoku pilgrimage. Then you drive to Konji-ji temple to try takigyō, ascetic training under a waterfall. This temple is one of the few places in Shikoku where you can experience this. The next destination Anraku-ji, Temple 6 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage has temple lodging where you can warm yourself in the hot spring.
In the evening, you can take part in a ceremony involving the magical camphor tree, held specially for you.

Day 2 :

Today you drive to Miyoshi and visit Hashikura-ji temple, located halfway up the mountain reached by cable car. In the quiet temple hall surrounded by nature, you can try ajikan moon meditation. As an option, you can also participate in a goma fire offering. After lunch you drive to Zentsū-ji, Temple 75 and the birthplace of Kūkai, founder of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. There are many things to see here, such as a five-storey pagoda, treasury and several temple halls. Your accommodation is at the temple lodging where you’re served shōjin ryōri, delicious Buddhist vegetarian food, in the room reserved for special guests.

Day 3 :

Before breakfast, you take part in the Buddhist morning service and then drive to nearby Konpira Shrine. The main hall is located 785 steps up on the hill, but you can opt to go up by private vehicle. In the main hall, you experience a ceremony with Kagura, a Shintō dance form rarely performed today. Lunch is at a restaurant within the shrine featuring local ingredients. You also visit part of the shrine with precious sliding panel paintings, not open to the public, where you can try playing shrine instruments and dress in shrine clothing. Then you drive to Kōchi where you spend the night.

Day 4 :

Your day starts with free time in Kōchi city. Kōchi Castle or Katsurahama Beach are good options. After lunch you visit Chikurin-ji, Temple 31 on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. This is one of the most beautiful of the pilgrimage temples. Here you will learn about mandalas take part in meditation in front of the Japanese garden which is registered as a national scenic spot. It‘s also worth seeing the precious statuary in the treasury. Finally, you’re treated to a special ceremony in the main hall, exclusively for you.
The tour ends in Kōchi city.

Inclusions

  • Guide/interpreter

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Spiritual Experiences in Western Shikoku
From ¥478,000
/ Adult
From ¥913,000
/ person with 2
From ¥749,000
/ person with 3
From ¥613,000
/ person with 4
From ¥531,000
/ person with 5
From ¥478,000
/ person with 6