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Ryozen-ji temple and Gokuraku-ji temple on the Shikoku Pilgrimage


Tokushima
6 hours
up to 8 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

The Shikoku Pilgrimage is the most famous pilgrimage in Japan. It is made up of 88 Buddhist temples scattered around Shikoku Island, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands.On this tour, we will visit Temple Number One and Two, Ryozen-ji and Gokuraku-ji, and the Number One Shrine in Awa (Tokushima's pre-modern domain), Ooasahiko-jinnja shrine.

Itinerary

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  • Walk through quiet neighborhoods and visit Ryozen-ji, Gokuraku-ji and Ooasahiko-jinja with your English-speaking guide.
  • Learn traditional manners to visit Japanese shrines and temples.

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What to Expect

Pilgrims are said to follow in the footsteps of Kobo Daishi, the person credited with starting the pilgrimage in the ninth century. It is said that by visiting some or all of these temples, especially on foot, your worldly desires will gradually dissipate and reduce the frustrations of everyday life as you become fully aware of your true self. The pilgrimage is about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) and circles the island. Since the route is a loop, there is no official starting point, although many people choose to begin at Ryozen-ji (also known as Temple Number One).
The starting point of the Shikoku Pilgrimage, Ryozen-ji has an impressive main hall, a Shingon-style pagoda, a carp pond, and waterfall.It sells white robes, woven hats, walking sticks and other supplies that pilgrims may require. Gokuraku-ji is the second temple visited on the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Famous sights inside the Temple complex include a beautiful Japanese garden built to evoke the Pure Land (Buddhist heaven), a Buddha statue praying to which is believed to ensure safe and trouble-free childbirth, and the Cedar of Longevity, which is said to have been planted by Kobo Daishi. Ooasahiko-jinja is the Number One Shrine in Awa (Tokushima's pre-modern domain) which is known for its beautiful Torii Gate and 1000-year old camphor tree.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM
Meeting Point JR Naruto Station
Ending Point JR Naruto Station

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide Fee

What‘s not included

Train fare (260 JPY / person) and Bus fare (330 JPY / person), Lunch

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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