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Ryozen-ji temple and Gokuraku-ji temple on the Shikoku Pilgrimage

Masami M.

Tokushima
English, Japanese (Native)
6 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 8 people

The Shikoku Pilgrimage is the most famous pilgrimage in Japan. It is made up of 88 Buddhist temples scattered around Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands.On this tour, we will visit Temple Number One and Two, Ryozen-ji and Gokuraku-ji, and the Number One Shrine in Awa (Tokushima's pre-modern domain), Ooasahiko-jinnja shrine.

Meeting Point

JR Naruto Station

Walk through quiet neighborhoods and visit Ryozen-ji, Gokuraku-ji and Ooasahiko-jinja with your English-speaking guide.

Learn traditional manners to visit Japanese shrines and temples.

Ending Point

JR Naruto Station

What to Expect

Pilgrims are said to follow in the footsteps of Kobo Daishi, the person credited with starting the pilgrimage in the ninth century. It is said that by visiting some or all of these temples, especially on foot, your worldly desires will gradually dissipate and reduce the frustrations of everyday life as you become fully aware of your true self. The pilgrimage is about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) and circles the island. Since the route is a loop, there is no official starting point, although many people choose to begin at Ryozen-ji (also known as Temple Number One).

The starting point of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, Ryozen-ji has an impressive main hall, a Shingon-style pagoda, a carp pond, and waterfall.It sells white robes, woven hats, walking sticks and other supplies that pilgrims may require. Gokuraku-ji is the second temple visited on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Famous sights inside the Temple complex include a beautiful Japanese garden built to evoke the Pure Land (Buddhist heaven), a Buddha statue praying to which is believed to ensure safe and trouble-free childbirth, and the Cedar of Longevity, which is said to have been planted by Kobo Daishi. Ooasahiko-jinja is the Number One Shrine in Awa (Tokushima's pre-modern domain) which is known for its beautiful Torii Gate and 1000-year old camphor tree.

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee

What‘s not included

Train fare (260 JPY / person) and Bus fare (360 JPY / person), Lunch

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time
$141/ per group