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Walking Pilgrimage in Tokushima

7 Days

Overview

Walk ancient trails to the first 23 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage like a real Henro.

This trip is for those seeking an authentic experience of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. You visit all of Tokushima’s 23 numbered temples on foot, with a private car on standby to carry baggage and bridge distances between the trail and accommodation. This route includes walks of 10-15 km per day, with options to shorten or extend them to suit adventurers of all ages and physical capacities.

The route features stays at inns and temple lodging along the pilgrimage trail. While these accommodation are often simple, they’re renowned for being places where people experience Shikoku’s famous hospitality, and for sumptuous home-cooked food. Staying at temples, you also have the opportunity to participate in unforgettable Buddhist rituals.

Tokushima’s pilgrimage trail features stretches of stunning natural beauty as well as walks through towns and cities. This variety is one of the charms of the pilgrimage. We also offer a Shikoku Pilgrimage with Walks Tour for those seeking a more thorough escape into nature.

Itinerary

You meet your guide at your accommodation at 8:00 and travel to Ryōzen-ji, Temple 1.

You walk between the following temples;
Temple 1, Ryōzen-ji
Temple 2, Gokuraku-ji
Temple 3, Konsen-ji
Temple 4, Dainichi-ji
Temple 5, Jizō-ji
Temple 6, Anraku-ji 

Your accommodation is at Anraku-ji.
After dinner, you can participate in Anraku-ji’s unique evening service.

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you visit the following temples;

Temple 7, Jūraku-ji
Temple 8, Kumadani-ji
Temple 9, Hōrin-ji
Temple 10, Kirihata-ji

From Kirihata-ji, you travel by car to your accommodation at a ryokan near Temple 11.

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you walk to the following temples:

Temple 11, Fujii-dera
Temple 12, Shōsan-ji

After visiting Shōsan-ji, you travel by car to your accommodation at a ryokan in Kamiyama.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you travel by car to Dainichi-ji, Temple 13. You visit the following temples;

Temple 13, Dainichi-ji 
Temple 14, Jōraku-ji
Temple 15, Awa Kokubun-ji
Temple 16, Kan’on-ji
Temple 17, Idō-ji

Your accommodation is a pilgrim inn near Idō-ji.

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you travel by car to the foot of Mt. Bizan and walk to the following temples:

Temple 18, Onzan-ji
Temple 19, Tatsue-ji

Your accommodation is at Tatsue-ji.

Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, you travel by car to the roadside station from which you begin your walk to the following temples:

Temple 20, Kakurin-ji
Temple 21, Tairyū-ji

You then take the lift down from Tairyū-ji and travel by car to Temple 23, Byōdō-ji.
Your accommodation is a pilgrim inn near Byōdō-ji.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 :
Temple 23

After breakfast, you travel to the coast by car, and begin your final walk to Temple 23, Yakuō-ji.

From there you can choose to be driven either to accommodation in Tokushima City or, if you wish to continue your pilgrimage on your own, in Hiwasa.

Breakfast

Inclusions

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Guide-interpreter
  • Meals indicated
  • Transport indicated
  • Driver
  • Basic insurance

Excluded

  • Drinks
  • Transport to Shikoku
  • Temple stamps (500 yen each)
  • Pilgrim goods (hat, staff, stamp book etc.)
  • Comprehensive insurance

FAQs

Are there vegetarian options?

Not really. Japanese cooking is based on fish stock, and the Japanese love their fish and meat. On this tour, you stay in traditional Japanese accommodation that is proud of its cuisine, especially the fish. For breakfast and dinner, it is possible to ask for ‘largely’ vegetarian food, but no guarantees are offered. You can generally find vegetarian options for lunch, but with limited choice.

What can I expect at inns and temple lodgings?

Pilgrim accommodations have historically been run with an eye on keeping a balance between low costs and making sure pilgrims are comfortable and well-fed. You’ll find they feature few frills; you will usually sleep on futons (comfortable mats on the floor) rather than beds, and share washrooms and bathing facilities with other guests. On the other hand, because pilgrims have long been considered to be stand-ins for the Buddhas themselves, inn owners truly go out of their way to provide nourishing local food and a restful atmosphere for weary travelers.

Will I have a private room?

Yes. The rooms in the pilgrimage accommodation are not shared.

What equipment do I need?

A good backpack:
The presence of a support vehicle on this course means you can travel confidently with a day pack and leave the heavy lifting to us.

Good shoes:
The pilgrimage trail, while ancient, currently follows paved roads for about 80% of its length, and our course is no exception. As such, we recommend shoes with enough support for walking on pavement and enough grip for walking on mountain trails.

Walking sticks:
Pilgrims traditionally carry a wooden staff (available for purchase at temples along the way, along with other pilgrim goods). Some may prefer to supplement or replace this with extendable hiking poles.

Rain gear:
Tokushima receives a moderate amount of rain during the walking season from February to November, with most rain falling in the summer months.

What's your cancellation policy?

Our cancellation policy is as follows;

  • Cancelled more than 21 days prior to start: No charge
  • Cancelled between 20 and 8 days prior to start: 20% of the total fee
  • Cancelled between 7 days and 48 hours prior to start: 30% of the total fee
  • Cancelled between 48 and 24 hours prior to start: 40% of the total fee
  • Cancelled within 24 hours of start: 50% of the total fee
  • Cancelled on the day of start or failure to show: 100% of the total fee
  • No refunds will be given after the tour has commenced.

What are your payment terms?

When you book a tour, we ask for a 10% deposit, with the balance to be paid a month before the start of the tour. You can pay by credit card or bank transfer.

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