Legendary Paths, the Pilgrimage of the 88 Temples of Shikoku in Japan
28 January 2013One Comment
Legendary Paths, the Pilgrimage of the 88 Temples of Shikoku in Japan | 1200 km so far the pilgrimage of the 88 temples on the Japanese island of Shikoku, the country’s most famous religious path of the Rising Sun, which traditionally should be carried out on foot (from 30 to 60 days), but today it is abbreviated using modern means of transport, including taxis. In the past you weren’t allowed to eat during the path but now there is a Japanese restaurant at the end of the path for the hungry travellers.
The pilgrimage has its own rules, such as the traditional dress to wear, the way forward, which is predetermined by secular rules, and a visit to Mount Koya, one of the most sacred places in Japan, that even if part of the path of 88 temples is often taken as the departure and arrival of this long journey.
Unesco since 2004 approved the area of Mount Koya and it became part of the heritage of humanity, and as such it has become a major tourist destination in the country. The climb from the base of the sacred mountain is 22 km long and it can be covered on foot in about 7 hours, although today you can take the funicular.
The area is sacred to Buddhism and it is open to the public, with the right opening times and payments (generally from 8 to 17, and at a cost of 200 yen), and all information, including guesthouses available for guests (a bit as it happens in our convents) are available in the Information Center.