HENRO Model Course
Hidden Mountains: Tairyuji, Kakurinji and the Valleys of Tokushima
One of the more challenging temples to reach by foot. Tairyuji lies atop Mount Shashinzan surrounded by cedars, pines, bamboo, and mountain slopes. Walking through the lofty gates and ascending the stone stairs one can feel the history of the location as one can see monks going about their temple business in bright yellow robes. The peaks of Kakurinji too, allows one to view the rugged landscape and hidden statues. The hike to reach untouched Tairyuji is well worth the effort but the ropeway to the mountain temple shouldn't be missed. Rising high over two mountain peaks one can see the sweeping mountains and farms that stretch across the region as the ropeway gondola glides over mountain slopes. The area is important too for the story of Kūkai as the monk also had an enlightening experience amid the mountains here. And visitors can actually walk to "Shashinga-An," the area were Kūkai supposedly did his ascetic training and view the mountain scenery next to a massive statue of the monk overlooking the valley. The heavy forests and deep valleys of the area are also famous for wild game and fresh local produce, making a great meal to finish the day.
Information about Kamo, Katsuura Area
Sightseeing Spot (Viewpoint, Facilities etc.):
The ancient walking road connecting Tatsueji to Kakurinji and the ancient trail between Kakurinji and Tairyuji, Yottene Market, the Tairyuji Ropeway, mountain side statue of Kūkai, the Katsuura Doll Museum (open from late February to early April)
Temple #20 Kakurinji, Temple #21 Tairyuji, Temple #22 Byodoji Temple
Garden Time KONOMU (cafe, western style dishes)
Awa Wild Game Restaurant AOKI (wild game, local food)
Of all pilgrimage experiences to be found in Japan, the 88 Sacred Sites of the Shikoku pilgrimage is at the center. This pilgrimage, often referred to as “Shikoku88” is registered as an important Japanese heritage site, and is a unique cultural treasure that significantly represents the soul of both the nation and its people. This pilgrimage can only be found in Shikoku.
For your own personal experience and exploration, we would like to propose nine different courses that consist of 2 days and 1 night. For foreigners visiting Japan thinking that they might enjoy some pilgrimage exposure, combined with other sightseeing venues, these courses may be ideal.
Shikoku is ripe with beautiful vistas of both sea and mountain, an incredible array of culinary delights, and places that are unique, ancient, and undiscovered. All of these are yours to explore with your senses and which can be found here when you visit and discover Shikoku.