There is a feature of modern Japan which may surprise some people, pilgrims. Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. Its history is rich and entwined with Buddhist teaching, indeed there are 88 temples on the island for pilgrims to visit.
If the traveller is making the journey on foot it takes around 40 days to visit all of the sites. At each one visitors can light a small candle, make a prayer and leave a donation should they wish.
Pilgrimage expert Hajime Onishi explained the tour: “This is a tour around the temples that are directly related to spiritual works of Kōbō-Daishi, the founder of Shingon school of Buddhism”.