Tagged: Shikoku Pilgrimage

Konsen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s Third Temple

Today, we’re going to Tokushima Prefecture, more precisely in the city of Itano (city by name only, a town really) to visit Konsen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s third temple. It’s located just three kilometers from Gokuraku-ji, its predecessor, and to go from one to the other is...

Gokuraku-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s Second Temple

Barely more than a kilometer after leaving Ryozen-ji, pilgrims on the Shikoku Pilgrimage will encounter their first stop, Gokuraku-ji. There’s some excitation arriving there. This time, it’s for real, the pilgrimage is underway, it’s too late to change one’s mind. This is the second temple,...

Beware the Ushi-Oni

  When you visit Negoro-ji, the 82th Temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, you will be welcomed by a very unfriendly looking creature: the Ushi-Oni!     This “cow-demon” is one of the mythical creatures of Japan. If you want to know more about this particular...

Ryozen-ji, Shikoku Pilgrimage’s First Temple

  Today, we’re leaving the Setouchi area a little bit. We’re even leaving Kagawa Prefecture to head to its neighbor in the South East of Shikoku, namely Tokushima Prefecture. More precisely, we’re going to the city of Naruto where our destination of the day is. I’m...

Preparing Your Pilgrimage in Japan?

Are you preparing your pilgrimage in Japan? Of course I’m talking about the Shikoku Pilgrimage, also known as the Shikoku Henro, Shikoku Junrei and a few others. Sure, there are more pilgrimages all over the country, but this is the one foreigners are usually aware of....

Zentsu-ji Pagoda

    Located in Zentsu-ji, the 75th and main temple of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, this pagoda is the very first one I’ve seen in my life. So, even though I’ve seen bigger, larger, older and more impressive ones since, it has a special importance to...