In April 2010 I undertook the Shikoku Pilgrimage, a centuries-old Buddhist Pilgrimage route on the island of Shikoku, south of the Japanese mainland. The journey took me three weeks by bicycle during which I visited all 88 temples and covered over 1000 miles (1600km). But those statistics don’t even begin to do it justice. This daily travelogue will give the reader – whether a potential pilgrim or simply a curious passer-by – a taste of what to expect on the journey.

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3 Responses to “Welcome!”

  1. H K Shah 09. Aug, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I would like to do this pilgrimage by bicycle sometime this October-November and would very much appreciate your advice and guidance.
    I am male and 76 years old but I think I am fit enough to perhaps cycle 40 miles a day, over say 6 hours with appropriate rests in between.
    I look forward to your response.
    Thank you

  2. Marcel 24. Aug, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Thank you so much for sharing the story of your Henro journey. I visited Shikoku last year and did a walking tour of five temples west of Tokushima city to get a taste of henro life. I’ve given some thought of doing the full circuit since then, and have done some research on it, but yours is the first blog I’ve read that really gives a sense of what the pilgrimage is truly like. How inspiring! My hat’s off to you! (Hope you get to visit that stray temple in Ehime to complete your nokyocho, too.)

    Cheers from Brooklyn, NY!

  3. David McBride 06. Aug, 2016 at 11:11 pm #

    Nice ride!

    Could you explain the gearing of your bike? Also, any tire recommendations?


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