Mountain Temple Pilgrimage

LocationJapan
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Price rangeTrip of a Lifetime
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DatesMar - May
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JapanMar - May
  • 88 Temples spread across some of Japan's most beautiful scenery
  • Visit Hiwasa Bay, Matsuyama, Minokoshi Pass and Oboke Gorge
  • 800-mile tour and hiking holiday but don't worry; you don't walk all of it!

Why Japan's Mountain Temple Pilgrimage?

Everyone should make a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime, be it to Saudi Arabia's Mecca, England's Pilgrims' Way or the USA's Graceland. Nothing against Elvis Presley, but Japan’s 88 Temple Pilgrimage must be the most beautiful, romantic and captivating of them all.

This pilgrimage is an eleven-hundred-year-old, 800 mile route that encircles the Japanese island of Shikoku.  links the sacred sites associated with the ninth century, Shikoku-born Buddhist monk, Kukai , who after death became known as "Dharma Master".

Now you can follow in his, and thousands of other white-clad, conical hat sporting pilgrims (known locally as Henro) under Japan’s iconic and beautiful pink cherry blossom. 

What's So Amazing About This Pilgrimage?

You may have heard of another pilgrimage in Japan - the Kumano Kodo. Well, this Mountain Temple Pilgrimage is way cooler!

You’ll begin and end your nine-day trip in Tokushima, before seeing temples and pagodas in Hiwasa Bay and trekking to the stunning Iya Valley, a remote area that some people have called "Japan's Tibet."

Then it’s on to Matsuyama and Oboke Gorge where you’ll cross vine bridges across forest canyons, traverse Shikoku’s mountainous landscape at the Minokoshi Pass and bathe your weary feet while taking in magnificent views in Rotenburo (outdoor hot spring baths) but don’t worry - you won’t be walking all 800 miles!

A good way to describe this wondrous pilgrimage is a Japanese Camino de Santiago. But there's so much more to see in addition to all those lovely temples.

The stunning island of Shikoku provides the finest of backdrops; the epitome of off-the-beaten-path, old Japan this hiking holiday will leave you gasping, for more, pure Japanese air and another pilgrimage of a lifetime. 

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, and it's true! 

Your first step is to click the link for more information! 

In Short

  • 88 Temples spread across some of Japan's most beautiful scenery
  • Visit Hiwasa Bay, Matsuyama, Minokoshi Pass and Oboke Gorge
  • 800-mile tour and hiking holiday but don't worry; you don't walk all of it!
Will Howell Cornes
written byWill Howell Cornes
LocationJapan
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Price rangeTrip of a Lifetime
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DatesMar - May
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