This is a story about the Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage, which has a history of 1,200 years.

A gift from Kukai surpassing 1,200 years of time and space

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About the "HENRO"

The 88 Temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage

Approximately 1,200 years ago during the Heian Period, when the famed monk Kukai (Kobo Daishi), who founded the Shingon sect of Buddhism, established this pilgrimage route to 88 holy places in Shikoku. The act of traveling to all 88 temples, which surpasses 1,400 km (870 mi.) in length, is known as both "Shikoku Junrei" and "Shikoku Ohenro", both of which mean "Shikoku Pilgrimage" in Japanese.
By taking this pilgrimage together with Kukai in spirit, pilgrims can do away with 88 kleshas ("worldly desires" or "destructive emotions"), purify the body and mind, and truly reexamine their own lives, making it a journey of healing and focused discipline.

  • 01Jikuwazan Ichijoin Ryozenji
  • 02Nisshozan Muryojuin Gokurakuji
  • 03Kikozan Shakain Konsenji
  • 04Kokuganzan Henjoin Dainichiji
  • 05Mujinzan Shogoin Jizoji
  • 06Onsenzan Rurikoin Anrakuji
  • 07Komyozan Rengei-in Jurakuji
  • 08Fumyozan Shinkoin Kumadaniji
  • 09Shokakuzan Bodai-in Horinji
  • 10Tokudozan Kanjoin Kirihataji
  • 11Kongozan Ichijoin Fujiidera
  • 12Marozan Shojuin Shosanji
  • 13Ogurizan Kezoin Dainichiji
  • 14Seijuzan Enmei-in Jorakuji
  • 15Yakuozan Konjiki-in Kokubunji
  • 16Koyozan Senjuin Kannonji
  • 17Rurizan Shinpukuin Idoji
  • 18Boyozan Hojuin Onzanji
  • 19Kyochizan Mani-in Tatsueji
  • 20Ryojuzen Hojuin Kakurinji
  • 21Shashinzan Jojuin Tairyuji
  • 22Hakusuizan Io-in Byodoji
  • 23Iozan Muryojuin Yakuoji
  • 24Murotozan Myojoin Hotsumisakiji
  • 25Hoshuzan Shingon-in Shinshoji
  • 26Ryuzuzan Komyoin Kongochoji
  • 27Chikurinzan Jizoin Konomineji
  • 28Hokaisan Koshoin Dainichiji
  • 29Manizan Hozoin Kokubunji
  • 30Dodozan Tomyoin Zenrakuji
  • 31Godaizan Konjiki-in Chikurinji
  • 32Hachiyozan Gumonji-in Zenjibuji
  • 33Kofukuzan Sekkeiji
  • 34Motoozan Shujakuin Tanemaji
  • 35Iozan Kyochi-in Kiyotakiji
  • 36Tokkozan Ishanain Shoryuji
  • 37Fujiizan Gochi-in Iwamotoji
  • 38Sadazan Fudarakuin Kongofukuji
  • 39Shakkizan Terayamain Enkoji
  • 40Heijozan Yakushi-in Kanjizaiji
  • 41Inarizan Gokokuin Ryukoji
  • 42Ikkazan Birushanain Butsumokuji
  • 43Genkozan Enshuin Meisekiji
  • 44Sugozan Daikakuin Daihoji
  • 45Kaiganzan Iwayaji
  • 46Iozan Yoshuin Joruriji
  • 47Kumanozan Myoken-in Yasakaji
  • 48Kiyotakiyama Anyoin Sairinji
  • 49Sairinzan Sanzoin Jodoji
  • 50Higashiyama Rurikoin Hantaji
  • 51Kumanozan Kokuzoin Ishiteji
  • 52Ryuunzan Goji-in Taisanji
  • 53Sugazan Shochi-in Enmyoji
  • 54Chikamizan Hoshoin Enmeiji
  • 55Bekkusan Kongoin Nankobo
  • 56Kinrinzan Chokuoin Taisanji
  • 57Futozan Muryojuin Eifukuji
  • 58Sareizan Senkoin Senyuji
  • 59Konkozan Saishoin Kokubunji
  • 60Ishizuchizan Fukuchi-in Yokomineji
  • 61Sendanzan Kyoo-in Koonji
  • 62Tenyozan Kannon-in Hojuji
  • 63Mikkyozan Taizoin Kichijoji
  • 64Ishizuchizan Konjiki-in Maegamiji
  • 65Yureizan Jison-in Sankakuji
  • 66Kyogozan Senjuin Unpenji
  • 67Komatsuozan Fudokoin Daikoji
  • 68Shippozan Jinnein
  • 69Shippozan Kan'onji
  • 70Shippozan Jihoin Motoyamaji
  • 71Kengozan Senjuin Iyadani-ji
  • 72Gahaishizan Enmei-in Mandaraji
  • 73Gahaishizan Gumonji-in Shusshakaji
  • 74Iozan Tahoin Koyamaji
  • 75Gogakuzan Tanjoin Zentsuji
  • 76Keisokuzan Hodoin Konzoji
  • 77Sotazan Myoo-in Doryuji
  • 78Bukkozan Kotokuin Goshoji
  • 79Kinkazan Koshoin Tennoji
  • 80Hakugyuzan Senjuin Kokubunji
  • 81Ryoshozan Dorin-in Shiromineji
  • 82Aominezan Senjuin Negoroji
  • 83Shingozan Taihoin Ichinomiyaji
  • 84Nanmenzan Senkoin Yashimaji
  • 85Gokenzan Kanjizai-in Yakuri-ji
  • 86Fudarakusan Shidoji
  • 87Fudarakusan Kan'on-in Nagaoji
  • 88Iozan Henshokoin Okuboji
Ayumi and Tai-san Ayumi Keihachi

Pilgrim Etiquette

  • ・Be sure to exchange greetings with other pilgrims you pass during your journey.
  • ・Do not touch your staff to the ground when crossing a bridge, as Kukai is believed to be resting underneath.
  • ・Always act in a spirit of mutual compromise and assistance.
  • ・Do not refuse hospitality offered by locals; instead, accept it with gratitude.

Rules for Pilgrims

The Shikoku 88-temple Pilgrimage is not a simple hiking trip or commemorative stamp collection course.
Refrain from taking more than one nokyo-cho (booklet for receiving stamps from each temple visited) per person. Pilgrims on this journey obey the ten Buddhist precepts and travel throughout the countryside of Shikoku together in spirit with Kukai in order to purify their own heart. Please remind yourself of why you chose to take this journey and observe basic etiquette and rules.

  •  1.Refrain from killing living things.
  •  2.Refrain from stealing.
  •  3.Refrain from sexual misconduct.
  •  4.Refrain from lying.
  •  5.Refrain from flattery and irresponsible speech.
  •  6.Refrain from defamation.
  •  7.Refrain from duplicity.
  •  8.Refrain from greed.
  •  9.Refrain from anger.
  • 10.Refrain from foolish or mistaken thought.

What To Do When Visiting a Temple:

  •  1.Place your palms together in front of you and bow once at the main gate (sanmon) in reverence to Buddha and Kukai.
  •  2.After entering the temple grounds, purify your body by washing your hands and rinsing out your mouth with water from the basin.
  •  3.Ring the bell in the bell tower one time. (Bells cannot be rung by visitors at some temples. When applicable, be sure to observe permissible ringing hours.)
  •  4.Go to the main hall and offer a candle and three sticks of incense. Be sure to use a lighter or match that you have brought with you to light the votive candle; lighting your candle off of another's flame is prohibited.
  •  5.Offer a votive card or sutra transcription at the designated location.
  •  6.Make a monetary offering.
  •  7.Place your Buddhist prayer beads over your left hand, bring your palms together in front of you and pay your respects to the principle object of worship (usually a Buddha or bodhisattva image). After this, bow three times, then recite from the sutra in accordance with your sutra booklet.
  •  8.Perform the same procedures at the Daishi-do (Great Priest's Hall) that you followed for the main hall.
  •  9.Pay the appropriate fee at the designated stamping location and receive a written inscription in black ink and a vermillion stamp in your nokyo-cho stamping booklet, on your nokyo-jiku hanging scroll, on your white pilgrim outfit, etc.
  • 10.Place your palms together in front of you and bow again when leaving through the main gate.
Ayumi and Tai-san Ayumi and Kei

Pilgrims on this journey do not travel using their feet-they travel using their heart! We hope that you will find your own personal treasures during the Shikoku Pilgrimage.

Namu Daishi Henjo Kongo Traveling Together with Kukai in Spirit

KECHIGAN