History

The first reference to the Shikoku pilgrimage appears in documents from around the 12th Century; however, specific temples or route are not mentioned.  The present pilgrimage consisting of the 88 temples is thought to have formed between the late 16th and 17th Century.  In the modern age with the development of roads, increasingly more people are coming to do the pilgrimage either by car or bus.  However, in recent years the numbers of walking (and biking) pilgrims have also been increasing.

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3 Responses to History

  1. lucy says:

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