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Take a Pilgrimage to Shikoku’s Sacred Sites


A four-hour journey through three temples in Ehime Prefecture 


For those seeking a spiritual adventure away from Tokyo, Shikoku is a must visit. The Shikoku Pilgrimage (Shikoku Henro) features 88 temples related to the great Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. While the full trip can take from 30 to 60 days, this tour brings you to three temples: Jodo-ji, Hanta-ji and Ishite-ji, numbered 49, 50, and 51 on the pilgrimage, respectively.





Jodo-ji is a Shingon Buddhist temple dating back to the 15th century. Its main hall, an Important Cultural Property, houses a wooden statue of the monk Kuya Shonin. Founded in the 8th century, Hanta-ji offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Matsuyama Castle, Matsuyama City, and the Seto Inland Sea. Finally, Ishite-ji temple, also established in the 8th century, boasts the majestic Niomon gate, a National Treasure, and other Important Cultural Properties. 




Don’t worry if this is your first pilgrimage. You’re sure to emerge from the experience with a deep knowledge of Japanese history and the Buddhist spirit.


Matsuyama Trekking


K-13 Building 5 Floor, 3-9-3 Sanbancho, Matsuyama-shi, Ehime-ken


approx. 240 min. or more




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