Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

Travel May 21, 2016

Shikoku's 'path less traveled' is busier than ever

by Takaki Tominaga

A pilgrimage route stretching across Shikoku, one of Japan's four main islands, has recently been attracting more non-Japanese visitors with various cultural and religious backgrounds. Some of these pilgrims view the walk as a spiritual journey, while others want to make the pilgrimage for its ...

Shikoku's temple trail faces long road to UNESCO listing

National 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 of ...

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

National 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 a ...