Pilgrimage of the 88 Temples

The Shikoku Pilgrimage is a multi-site pilgrimage of 88 temples associated with the Buddhist monk Kūkai (Kōbō Daishi) on the island of Shikoku. A popular and distinctive feature of the island’s cultural landscape, and with a long history, large numbers of pilgrims (known as henro) still undertake the journey for a variety of ascetic, pious, and tourism-related purposes. The pilgrimage is traditionally completed on foot.

Some temples have Hyakudoishi, “Hundred-Times Stones”. For those who desperately need divine intervention. You perform the rituals that other travellers do, and then you perform this one. Touch the stone, run back to the temple, and then back to the stone. Repeat this 100 times.

Pilgrimage of the 88 Temples

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