Learn About the History and Culture of the Buddhist Pilgrimage

The Shikoku Pilgrimage is 1,2000km long and it takes at least a few days to complete the whole route. This tour is suitable for those who would like to learn about the Buddhist pilgrimage quickly as we offer a 3.5-hour walking tour with an educated guide.

Those who are not familiar with pilgrimage are also welcome! The guide will explain in an easy-to-understand manner the background of the Shikoku Pilgrimage and the reason why the culture is treasured.

For lunch, we will have Kagawa’s specialty, udon, at a popular local restaurant.
* Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
* Starts: Zentsuji, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Cultural Tours




The Shikoku Pilgrimage is 1,2000km long and it takes at least a few days to complete the whole route. This tour is suitable for those who would like to learn about the Buddhist pilgrimage quickly as we offer a 3.5-hour walking tour with an educated guide.

Those who are not familiar with pilgrimage are also welcome! The guide will explain in an easy-to-understand manner the background of the Shikoku Pilgrimage and the reason why the culture is treasured.

For lunch, we will have Kagawa’s specialty, udon, at a popular local restaurant.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Zentsu-ji Temple, 3-3-1 Zentsujicho, Zentsuji 765-8506 Kagawa Prefecture

Shikoku has been a place for various disciplines since ancient times as it’s far away from the center of the country. It is said that Kobo Daishi Kukai, a local-born well-known priest in the 8th century, often practiced here and founded the 88 Shikoku Pilgrimage Site at the age of 42. And the Shikoku Pilgrimage involves visiting all of 88 pilgrimage sites in Shikoku. Initially, the pilgrimage was done mainly by monks. However, with the growing belief in the masters, many people from all over Japan and abroad are now joining the pilgrimage.

Sohonzan Zentsuji
Zentsuji is known as the birthplace of Kobo Daishi Kukai (774-835), the Buddhist monk who founded the esoteric Shingon school of Buddhism. The Shikoku Pilgrimage starts here.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: 宮川製麺所, 1-chōme-1-20 Nakamurachō, Zentsuji, Kagawa 765-0073, Japan

Miyagawa noodle factory
For lunch break, we will have Kagawa’s famous udon noodles.
The Miyagawa noodle factory, which has been around since the 1950s, is popular for its unchanging taste, which has a distinctive flavor of iriko dashi.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Koyama Temple, 1765-1 Hirotacho, Zentsuji 765-0071 Kagawa Prefecture

The area around Koyamaji is the hometown of Kobo Daishi, and it is said that he often played in his childhood.

Duration: 30 minutes