The island of Shikoku is famous for its 88 temple pilgrimage route. Although many people today travel to the 88 temples by car or on a tour bus, some people take weeks to go about it the old-fashioned way — on foot. Here at Ninna-ji there is a miniature version of this pilgrimage route. It was built in the Edo Period for those who could not make the long journey to (and then around!) Shikoku. There are 88 stations on Mount Jōju behind Ninna-ji Temple, and sand from the actual temples has been placed at each station, making the mini-pilgrimage a suitable substitute for visiting the actual 88 temples. The miniature route here is essentially hiking, and you can walk the path any time you like. For the next few months, however, Ninna-ji will be holding a special day once a month when you can collect stamps at each of the stations. The first one is tomorrow, May 15th. There will be one day every month (except August) until November when it is possible to collect stamps. I have yet to decide what day I’ll be going, but I’ll be sure to post pictures after I go!
88 Temple Walk days: May 15th, June 12th, July 3rd, September 4th, October 2nd, November 6th
Time: 9am – 1 pm
Fee: ￥300 (for stamp book)