Kukai, one of the most famous Buddhist monks in Japanese history, established the 88 sacred sites on the Shikoku pilgrimage route about 1,200 yers ago. It is said that thouse who complete the circuit will have their wishes come true, but many people walk it for a variety of purposes such as health, self-discovery, and healing. All are welcome regardless of religion or nationality, and part of the appeal of the pilgrimage that you are not compelled to follow any rigid code or dress a particular way. Refresh both mind and body by taking the pilgrimage challenge your own way.
The 88 Buddhist temples on the Shikoku pilgrimage route, Tokushima is home to the first (Ryozenji) through the 23rd (Yakuoji) and the 66th (Unpenji).
Activities : walking pilgrimage from #1 Ryozenji Temple to # 3 Kinsenji Temple
It is not necessary to use all of the following items, which can be bought at various temples and stores along the pilgrimage route.
Sedge hat （菅笠 / sugegasa）
This conical hat protects you from the sun and rain. It is not necesary to remove it on temple grounds, but when there are places that require you to take off shoes, you should remove the hat as well.
White vest（白衣 / hakui or Hakue）
The official garment of Shikoku pilgrims (known as ohenro-san).
Staff（金剛杖 / kongōzue）
As a manifestation of the monk Kukai, this is seen as the most sacred accessory of a pilgrim.
Monk’s stole（輪袈裟 / wagesa）
A formal accessory for Shikoku pilgrims, to be draped around your shoulders when you vist one of the temples. Remove it during meals and in the washroom.
Rosary （数珠 / juzu）
If you hold this while holding your hands together, it is said that the illusions of the mind will disappear and good fortune will come upon you.
1) Do not be a nuisance to other people.
2) Do not take the custom of selfless support for granted.
3) Accept osettai graciously and give an osamefuda(nameslip) in returen.
4) Cheerfully greet other pilgrims and local people along your journey.
5) Show respect to the temples, the inn keepers and others.
6) Do not litter and help keep the pilgrimage route in good shape for those that follow.
Day 1 : walking 3- 4 hours course
Starting at JR Bando station (30 minutes from JR Tokushima station by JR local train)
JR Bando Station >>> 10 minutes walk >>> #1 Ryozenji Temple
NO.1 Ryōzen-ji (霊山寺)
At the first pilgrimage site, Ryozenji.
You can get basic guidance on making the pilgrimage. A complete set of pilgrim's supplies is available at the gift shop. Once you are prepared, why not pray at the main hall for safety on your trip.
#1 Ryozenji Temple >>> 15 minutes walk >>> #2 Gokurakuji Temple
NO.2 Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺)
There is a Busshoku-seki. These "stone footprints of the Buddha" found at numerous sacred sites in Japan became an object of worship before the days when Buddhist statues were constructed.
#2 Gokurakuji Temple >>> 40 minutes walk >>> #3 Kinsenji Temple
NO.3 Konsen-ji (金泉寺)
Konsenji name means "Golden Spring Temple".
#3 Konsenji Temple >>> 10 minutes walk >>> JR Itano Station