We have mentioned the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage several times on this page. And yes, the best season for the journey has finally arrived!
The Shikoku pilgrimage is the perfect experience for travelers who like to chat with locals! And you are sure to meet many, because of a special custom called “osettai”. People living in Shikoku know how hard it is to visit all 88 temples on foot, so they respect and want to support pilgrims. Those walking the pilgrimage route will be given encouraging words, food, or drinks along their journey. The warm and welcoming locals will make your trip something special
Walking the whole 1200 km by foot might be too challenging for many of us, and since the aim of the Shikoku 88 temple pilgrimage is to be mindful and grateful for what you have, it is ok to visit just a few of the temples or use transportation like cars or trains
Stop by ancient temples framed with vivid red and yellow leaves, feel the fresh countryside breeze, and recharge your soul. The beauty of autumn leaves will add a lot of enjoyment and appreciation to your journey!
We hope you will have the chance to experience part of the Shikoku pilgrimage and feel the kindness of locals in this beautiful season