Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

Mar 27, 2014

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

By failing to align their strategies, the governments of Shikoku’s four prefectures have hampered their efforts to get the island’s ancient Buddhist pilgrimage trail on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The Shikoku Pilgrimage trail, which links 88 temples associated with the monk Kukai, founder ...

U.S. 'henro' tell story of Shikoku temple trek

Feb 13, 2014

U.S. 'henro' tell story of Shikoku temple trek

by Wang Yexing

With a tent and bicycles, two American women in their 20s conquered 1,500 km in 16 days in September 2012 to complete the famous Shikoku pilgrimage of 88 temples. The temples, the scenery and most of all the local people’s generous hospitality made such ...

Masses still flock to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

Jan 17, 2014

Masses still flock to Kiyoshikojin Seichoji

by Katherine Kono

With the bullet trains, the electronic toilets that warm, clean and dry, and the hyper-efficient delivery systems, it’s easy to forget that Japan is also a nation of ancient spirits — unless, that is, you’ve witnessed the annual pilgrimage to the fire god shrine, ...