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88 Temple Pilgrimage





Fast Facts

  • Location: Located around the island of Shikoku in Japan.
  • Attraction Type: Pilgrimage Route.
  • Significance: It is the most famous pilgrimage route in Japan that covers 88 temples in a 1,200 km circuit.
  • Best time to Visit: April and October.
  • How to Reach: The city of Naruto is the starting point of the pilgrimage. You can take a bus from the Kansai International Airport. Drop at Highway Naruto and reach Naruto railroad station by foot. Then take a train to reach Bando station. This station is pretty close to the Ryozenji temple.
  • Nearest Airport: Kansai International Airport (KIX).
If you are the one who loves to learn various religions of the world, if you are the one who loves to explore various religious places throughout the world, and if you are the one who doesn't mind traveling a lot for all these, then 88 Temple Pilgrimage would just be for you. The most famous pilgrimage route in Japan, 88 Temple Pilgrimage is a 1,200 km circuit around the Shikoku island where you cover 88 temples and also have the option to cover 20 more unnumbered temples, most of which were founded or restored by the monk Kukai, popularly known as Kobo Daishi. Though traditionally this pilgrimage is completed on foot, but modern-day pilgrims also use cars, bicycles, motorcycles, taxis and buses to cover their destinations. If covered on foot, it may take 30 to 60 days to complete the whole journey.

Pilgrims of 88 Temple Pilgrimage or Shikoku Pilgrimage, known as o-henro-san in Japanese, go for the tour wearing a white jacket emblazoned with the characters Dogyo Ninin. Sedge hats and walking sticks are also the essential parts of their dresses. Traditionally the journey starts and complete at Mount Koya in Wakayama Prefecture. It is not necessary to complete your journey in a given order; rather you can cover all temples in reverse order as well.

The Temples


In 88 Temple Pilgrimage, you will cover the following 88 temples:

1.Ryozenji
2.Gokurakuji
3.Konsenji
4.Dainichiji
5.jizoji
6.Anrakuji
7.Jurakuji
8.Kumataniji
9.Horinji
10.Kirihataji
11.Fujiidera 12.Shozanji
13.Dainichiji
14.Jorakuji
15.Kokubunji
16.Kan'onji
17.Idoji
18.Onzanji
19.Tatsueji
20.Kakurinji
21.Tairyuji
22.Byodoji
23.Yakuoji
24.Hotsumisakiji
25.Shinshoji
26.Kongochoji
27.Konomineji
28.Dainichiji
29.Kokubunji
30.Zenrakuji
31.Chikurinji
32.Zenjibuji
33.Sekkeiji
34.Tanemaji
35.Kiyotakiji
36.Shoryuji
37.Iwamotoji
38.Kongofukuji
39.Enkoji
40.Kanjizaiji
41.Ryukoji
42.Butsumokuji
43.Meisekiji
44.Daihoji
45.Iwayaji
46.Joruriji
47.Yasakaji
48.Sairinji
49.Jodoji
50.Hantaji
51.Ishiteji
52.Taizanji
53.Enmyoji
54.Enmeiji
55.Nankobo
56.Taisanji
57.Eifukuji
58.Sen'yuji
59.Kokubunji
60.Yokomineji
61.Koonji
62.Hojuji
63.Kichijoji
64.Maegamiji
65.Sankakuji
66.Unpenji
67.Daikoji
68.jinnein
69.Kan'onji
70.Motoyamaji
71.Iyadaniji
72.Mandaraji
73.Shusshakaji
74.Koyamaji
75.Zentsuji
76.Konzoji
77.Doryuji
78.Goshoji
79.Tennoji
80.Kokubunji
81.Shiromineji
82.Negoroji
83.Ichinomiyaji
84.Yashimaji
85.Yakuriji
86.Shidoji
87.Nagaoji
88.okuboji


Accommodation

For accommodation, you can stay at the temples, which provide lodging facilities for the pilgrims. However, it can be quite expensive. Those who don't want to spend too much money, can stay at the henro houses. These are the houses owned by the locals, which they give on rent to the pilgrims. You can also go for wild camping, called nojuku in Japanese. This is spending the night anywhere as you wish without paying any charges. However, you should seek the advice and permission of the authority for your safety.

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