Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four principle islands, is encircled with sacred places of Buddhism. For hundreds of years, this has been a world-famous pilgrimage destination.
On foot, the pilgrimage takes around 40 days. Our guide Hajime Onishi completed it 88 times. Like other pilgrims, he’s wearing special white apparel and carrying a staff. At each of the 88 temples, he lights a candle and incenses, leaves his name card, makes a donation and prays.
Hajime Onishi, Pilgrimage expert: “This is a tour around the temples that are directly related to spiritual works of Kōbō-Daishi, the founder of Shingon school of Buddhism.”
The Henro Sacred Pilgrimage takes worshippers and tourists from seaside to mountain tops, revealing the natural beauty and spiritual heritage of Shikoku.