Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage
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The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage is an historic Buddhist pilgrimage that visits 88 temples, over a 1,200 kilometre course on the island of Shikoku in Southern Japan The Buddhist monk Kūkai (Kobo Daishi) was born on the island and visited many of the temples in the 9th century. Pilgrims, known as Henro, have nominally followed in his footsteps ever since with large numbers still undertaking the journey for reasons that vary from the ascetic and pious, to pure tourism.Though the pilgrimage is traditionally carried-out on foot, modern pilgrims, many of whom cannot perhaps take the required 30 to 60 days needed to complete it, use a variety of transports to move between the temples. There are even guided bus-tours that will take modern-day pilgrims around the route in less than a week.