Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide

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This book (Guide Map) are contained on most useful information for walking pilgrims, such topics as washroom, food, lodging and distance.

This book aims at worldwide introduction of the Shikoku pilgrimage. The walking pilgrimage can be completed with this book. This updated and revised edition includes maps and descriptions of the 20 bangai temples, many related temples, internet information, a complete set of sutras that are read at each temple, as well as maps to Mt. Ishizuchi in Ehime prefecture and Koya-san in Wakayama prefecture. I gathered useful information for unfamiliar foreigner about Shikoku locality.  And put into it various ideas.

What is the Shikoku pilgrimage?
What is most important is not reaching the goal, but the journey itself.
The warm hearts of the people you meet and the beautiful nature of Shikoku you see will perfectly complement your action of doing the pilgrimage.

The Shikoku pilgrimage route (also called `HENRO`) is one of the few circular-shaped pilgrimages in the world. It includes 88 `official` temples and numerous other sacred sites where Kukai (Kobo Daishi) is believed to have trained or have spent time during the 9th Century. If walked, the entire route is about 1,150 kilometers long which allows one to experience the abundant natural surroundings of Shikoku and presents one with numerous opportunities to mix with the local people. This pilgrimage provides the chance to reflect on one’s life and to change for the better.

The motives for doing this pilgrimage are varied. For example, some come for religious reasons, some to pray for healing or safety in the home, or some in memory of those who have passed away. As well, some come just to get away from regular life, some for recreation, or some to spend time alone in reflection and to find oneself. To people today, it is being rediscovered as a healing journey.

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