Authentic Pilgrimage Experience

7.5 hours

March ~ December

Price: ¥ 15,000 above
(tax included)

Guided / Self-guided

Ehime, Shikoku

7.5 hours

Activity Level

Technical Level


  • Explore the temples located at the exact midpoint of the Shikoku 88 Temples pilgrimage.
  • Begin your journey with a warm welcome from experienced guides at the starting point.
  • Engage in an authentic experience, including a sermon and wearing traditional pilgrim garment at Daihō-ji Temple.


The Shikoku Henro pilgrimage involves visiting the temples associated with Kukai, or Kobo Daishi, the revered founder of Buddhism Shingon Sect. This pilgrimage spans the four regions of Awa, Tosa, Iyo, and Sanuki, covering a total distance of approximately 1400 km. For over 1200 years, this unique pilgrimage route has preserved the cultural tradition of temple visits.

The Shikoku Pilgrimage transcends nationality, religion, and sect, allowing anyone to become a pilgrim. It is an unparalleled pilgrimage culture where faith in Kukai, the practice of asceticism, and the support of the local community are intertwined.

While completing the entire pilgrimage would take over 40 days, this pilgrimage experience offers a special one-day course. Surrounded by the beautiful nature of Kumakogen, located right in the middle of the Shikoku 88 Temples, this tour offers you an authentic walking pilgrimage in the mountainous sacred site, guided by a charismatic official Henro guide.

Tour Details and Duration

  • Sermon, wearing temple attire, sutra offering at Daihoji main hall and Daishido (~1 hr.)
  • Walking pilgrimage (~4 hrs.), with a lunch break at the mountain pass
  • Arrival at Iwaya-ji Temple, chanting, and strolling (~1 hr.)
  • Dispersal

Activity Level

  • Walking includes some steep slopes.

Technical Level

  • For experienced hikers and climbers.

Price Per Person

  • 15,000 JPY/person for 6ppl(MAX)
  • 27,000JPY/person for 3+ppl
  • 40,000JPY/person for 2ppl
  • 80,000 JPY/person for 1ppl

Clothing/Wha to bring

  • Please wear comfortable clothing. Bring sturdy, non-slip shoes, walking poles or a staff (if needed), and a raincoat.

Included in the fee

  • Guide fee (pilgrimage and local guides)
  • Experience fee
  • Attire rental
  • Offering fee
  • Lunch

Not included in the fee

  • Transportation to and from the meeting and dispersal points
  • Insurance (please obtain international travel insurance in your home country)
  • Anything not included in “What’s Included” in this program. (Customers are required to cover bank transfer fees.)


English interpreter guide is optional. Purchases of attire and other items are optional.

Event Duration

About 7.5 hours

Age / Height:


Meeting Point

Daiho-ji Temple
(2-1173 Sugou, Kumakogen Town, Kamiukena County, Ehime 791-1205)

Disbanding Point

Iwaya-ji Temple
(1468 Nanaori, Kumakogen Town, Kamiukena County, Ehime 791-1511)

Program Availability

March – December


1 – 6 people

Application Deadline

One month prior to the tour date

Agent Name

Sorayama Ishizuchi Co., Ltd.
Ehime Pref. Governor Registered Travel Agency Type 2-211


9:00Meet your guide at the “Daiho-ji temple”
9:00-10:00Sermon, wearing temple attire, sutra offering at Daihōji main hall and Daishidō.
10:30-14:30Walking pilgrimage, with a lunch break at the mountain pass.
14:30-15:30Arrival at Iwaya-ji Temple, chanting, and strolling.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation due to customer’s convenience

  • 10 days to 2 days before the reserved date: 30%
  • the day before the reserved date: 50%
  • on the day of the reservation: 100%

■ Cancellation at the discretion of the organizer

  • In case of cancellation due to bad weather conditions such as storms, rainstorms, etc., or when such conditions are predicted, or in case of cancellation due to unavoidable circumstances, we will notify you by the day before the cancellation. In such cases, we will contact you by phone by the evening of the previous day. In this case, no cancellation fee will be charged.

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Please contact us for more information. We look forward to providing you with a unique and immersive experience in the region!

For this experience program, please inquire with our company each time. We will coordinate with local suppliers to arrange the schedule, fees, and detailed content for you. Please start by contacting us.

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