The Shikoku pilgrimage お遍路

On the way to the 88 temples

On the island of Shikoku, the pilgrimage of the 88 Buddhist temples is one of the most famous paths in the world. A Japanese version of the Route of Santiago de Compostela, which is accessible to all for a unique spiritual adventure.


A free route

There is no rule to follow. 88 temples are spread all around the island through the villages. Depending on preference, choose your starting point, your route, and the number of temples you want to visit.

Traditionally, we follow the path by the number of temples from 1 to 88.

  • From 1 to 23 in Tokushima Prefecture, called the path of awakening. From 24 to 39, the path of discipline in Kôchi.
  • From 45 to 65, the path to enlightenment in Ehime.
  • From 66 to 88, the path of nirvana in Kagawa.
  • At the end of the journey, the pilgrim goes to the mausoleum of Kûkai, on Mount Koya, appreciation for his protection.

Even today, many people follow this path on foot, to remain as authentic as possible to the philosophy of the master. But it is possible to choose a modern path: by bike, car, or by taking public transportation.

Shikoku Pilgrimage
Awakening Road
Shikoku Pilgrimage
Ascetic training Road
Enlightenment Road
Liberation Road
Reaching Mount Koya

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