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Henro
The Pilgrimage Route and 88 Temples of Shikoku

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STORY

The Shikoku Henro is a pilgrimage route of 88 temples that was established by the great Buddhist priest, Kukai(Kobo Daishi), over 1200 years ago on Shikoku Island.
It is one of the world’s longest circular pilgrimage routes, extending some1400 kilometers across Shikoku’s regions of Awa, Tosa, Iyo, and Sanuki.
Pilgrims still make the journey on steep mountain roads, up long stone stairways, through pastoral countryside, along calm seashores and around remote promontories.
Walking the paths, visitors can easily find other pilgrims journeying around Shikoku.
This circular type of pilgrimage is different from those practiced under Christianity or Islam which focus on the voyage to and return from a holy place.
In Japan, anyone can be a pilgrim regardless of nationality or religion, and all are sure to receive a warm welcome from the locals.
Walking the “Henro Route” and retracing the footsteps of Kukai(Kobo Daishi)--whether for the sake of a memorial, personal discipline, redemption, or health--is a spiritual journey and a rare opportunity to experience the culture of pilgrimage and of Shikoku Island.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Tokushima
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "UZUSHIO")~JR Tokushima Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "UZUSHIO")~JR Tokushima Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Tokushima Awaodori Airort(Airport Bus or Local Bus)~Tokushima Sta.
    • Fkuoka Airport~Tokushima Awaodori Airort(Airport Bus or Local Bus)~Tokushima Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • From Tokyo JR Shinjuku Station(Keihinkyuko Bus, Tokushima Bus)~Tokushima Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Station(JR Tokai Bus, JR Shikoku Bus)~Tokushima Sta.
Kochi
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "MINAMIKAZE")~JR Kochi Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "MINAMIKAZE")~JR Kochi Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Kochi Ryoma Airort(Airport Bus)~Kochi Sta.
    • Osaka Itami Airport~Kochi Ryoma Airort(Airport Bus)~Kochi Sta.
    • Fukuoka Airport~Kochi Ryoma Airort(Airport Bus)~Kochi Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(JR Shikoku Bus)~Kochi Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(JR Shikoku Bus)~Kochi Sta.
Ehime
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "SHIOKAZE")~JR Matsuyama Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "SHIOKAZE")~JR Matsuyama Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Matsuyama Airport(Airport Bus)~Matsuyama Sta.
    • Osaka Itami Airport~Matsuyama Airport(Airport Bus)~Matsuyama Sta.
    • Fukuoka Airport~Matsuyama Airport(Airport Bus)~Matsuyama Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(JR Shikoku Bus)~Matsuyama Sta.
    • Nagoya Meitetsu Bus Center(Meitetsu Bus)~Matsuyama Sta.
Kagawa
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "MARINE LINER")~JR Takamatsu Sta.
    • JR Nagoya Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "MARINE LINER")~JR Takamatsu Sta.
    • JR Fukuoka Sta.(Shinkansen)〜JR Okayama Sta.(Ltd Exp "MARINE LINER")~JR Takamatsu Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Takamatsu Airport(Airport Bus)~Takamatsu Sta.
    • Narita Airport~Takamatsu Airport(Airport Bus)~Takamatsu Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(JR Shikoku Bus, Kotohira Bus)~Takamatsu Sta.
    • Keio Hachioji Sta.(Shikoku Express Bus, Nishi Tokyo Bus)~Takamatsu Sta.
    • Nagoya Sta.(Shikoku Express Bus, Meitetsu Bus)~Takamatsu Sta.

CONTACT

  • Shikoku Henro Japan Heritage Council
  • TEL:+81-88-823-9332