0800 525 725NZ

The 88 Temples Pilgrimage in Shikoku

 

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About

Believing that it is not the destinations but the journeys within which sustain us, we invite you to experience the warm hospitality and scenic natural beauty of Shikoku. A deeper and more traditionally authentic Japan where time slows, the stresses of everyday life slip away and your journey within begins.
Offering both luxury guided tours and more economical self guided tours(with orientation sessions and telephone support) we hope to make the wonder of Shikoku’s spiritual pilgrimages available to everyone.

JTB New Zealand Ltd
Phone: 0800-525-725 Tel: (09)-303-2887, Fax:(09)-366-0772 E-Mail : akl.nz@jtbap.com

DETAILS

Departures (from Tokyo)
01 Apr 2017 – 31 Mar 2018
Tour Inclusions
4 Day: 3 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, 3 dinners, All transportation costs including bus, rail and taxi as outlined in itinerary, Orientation and telephone support with English speaking local staff.
5 Day: 4 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, 4 dinners, All transportation costs including bus, rail and taxi as outlined in itinerary, Orientation and telephone support with English speaking local staff. *Return transportation costs to Shikoku are excluded.
6 Day: 5 nights accommodation with daily breakfast, 5 dinners, All transportation costs including bus, rail and taxi as outlined in itinerary, English speaking local staff. *Return transportation costs to Shikoku, Lunch and Private expenses are excluded.
Prices from (Per person, Land Only)
4 Day: SINGLE $1,830 / TWIN $1,550 / TRIPLE $1,270 *Walking guide is not included.
5 Day: SINGLE $2,390 / TWIN $2,110 / TRIPLE $1,830 *Walking guide is not included.
6 Day: SINGLE $5,295 / TWIN $3,160 / TRIPLE $2,530
*All prices are subject to availability.
City
4 Day: Takamatsu, Kotohira
5 Day: Takamatsu, Dogo onsen
6 Day: Takamatsu, Imabari, Matsuyama, Uwajima, Dogo onsen
Hotel
4 Day: RIHGA Hotel Zest Takamatsu (2 nights), Kotohira Riverside Hotel, Kotohira Kotohira Grand Hotel Sakura no Sho or similar
5 Day: RIHGA Hotel Zest Takamatsu (3 nights), Hotel Tsubakikan, Hotel Tsubakikan Bekkan or similar
6 Day: RIHGA Hotel Zest Takamatsu, Imabari Kokusai Hotel, Tokyo Daiichi Hotel Matsuyama, Hotel Clement Uwajima, Hotel Tsubakikan, Hotel Tsubakikan Bekkan or similar
*Hotels are subject to change (same star rating).

4 Day-Self Guided

Day 1--D

Takamatsu
Upon arriving at Takamatsu station and checking into your hotel we will conduct a thorough orientation meeting with English speaking local guide to help prepare you for your journey.
001-Takamatsu

Day 2B-D

Takamatsu
 
Depart by train from Takamatsu for Katamoto station. Walking to the top of the 282 meter lava plateau, you will visit Yashima Temple (#84) and enjoy commanding views of the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge. A walk down from the East gate takes you towards Yakuri cable station where you ascend up to the entrance of Yakuri Temple (#85). Upon returning to the valley floor you can enjoy a relaxing walk along coastal towns to Shido temple (#86), your final destination for the day. A train ride back from Shido station to Takamatsu will have you arriving back at your hotel just in time for dinner.
Walking distance: 14.4km / Elevation gain: 400m / Time required: About 10.5 hours

Day 3B-D

Takamatsu – Kotohira
 
A morning bus ride to Negoro-guchi is followed by an hour long hike up to Negoro Temple (#82). Enjoy a 2 hour scenic mountain hike to the mysterious Shiramine Temple(#81). From Shiramine make your way back down to the Takaya bus stop and catch the local bus to Sakaide station. Take the train to Kotohira station and walk to Konpira Shrine before enjoying dinner at your hotel.
Walking distance: 12.0km / Elevation gain: 500m / Time required: About 9 hours

Day 4B--

Kotohira – Takamatsu
 
A morning climb up the 785 steps of the famed Nakasendo pathway gets you to the top of Kotohira-Gu Shrine with stunning views and great architecture. A walk back to Kotohira station to catch a return train to Takamatsu from where your journey home begins.
Walking distance: – km / Elevation gain: 250m / Time required: About 3 hours

B :  Breakfast  L :  Lunch  D :  Dinner

5 Day-Self Guided

Day 1--D

Takamatsu
Upon arriving at Takamatsu station and checking into your hotel we will conduct a thorough orientation meeting with English speaking local guide to help prepare you for your journey.
001-Shikoku

Day 2B-D

Takamatsu
 
Depart by train from Takamatsu for Katamoto station. Walking to the top of the 282 meter lava plateau, you will visit Yashima Temple (#84) and enjoy commanding views of the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto Ohashi Bridge. A walk down from the East gate takes you towards Yakuri cable station where you ascend up to the entrance of Yakuri Temple (#85). Upon returning to the valley floor you can enjoy a relaxing walk along coastal towns to Shido temple (#86), your final destination for the day. A train ride back from Shido station to Takamatsu will have you arriving back at your hotel just in time for dinner.
Walking distance: 14.4km / Elevation gain: 400m / Time required: About 10.5 hours
002-Takamatsu

Day 3B-D

Takamatsu
 
Traveling by rail from Takamatsu to Nagao where you will board a taxi for the ‘Pilgrim Koryu Salon’ where your can view informational materials and learn about the pilgrimage. You then embark on the 4 hour hike along the Nyotai mountain trails to Okubo Temple (#88). Boarding a local bus back down to Nagao station you will be able to catch a return train to Takamatsu.
Walking distance: 7.1km / Elevation gain: 400m / Time required: About 9.5 hours
003-Takamatsu

Day 4B-D

Takamatsu – Matsuyama
 
After an express train from Takamatsu to Niyugawa station you will taxi up to the Tosan-guchi starting point and embark on a 2 hour hike traversing the mountain path to Yokomine Temple (#60). A bus and taxi get you back to Niyugawa station and a relaxing ride to the city of Matsuyama. Travel to Dogo where you will soothe those sore muscles in the world famous Dogo hot springs before retiring for the night.
Walking distance: 2.2km / Elevation gain: 800m / Time required: About 10 hours
004-Takamatsu-Matsuyama

Day 5B--

Dogo – Matsuyama
 
A return to Matsuyama city via electric tramway from where you will embark on your journey home.

B :  Breakfast  L :  Lunch  D :  Dinner

6 Day-Luxury Guided

Day 1--D

Takamatsu
Upon arriving at Takamatsu station and checking into your hotel we will conduct a thorough orientation meeting with bilingual experts to help prepare you for your journey.
001-Takamatsu

Day 2B-D

Takamatsu – Imabari
 
After meeting your exclusive guide and boarding an express train from Takamatsu to Niyugawa station you will taxi up to the starting point and embark on a 2 hour hike traversing the mountain path to Yokomine Temple (#60). Taking a private bus to Iyo Komatsu station you will board the train to Imabari where you will arrive just in time for a relaxing dinner.
Walking distance: 2.2km / Elevation gain: 800m / Time required: About 8 hours
002-Takamatsu-Imabari-Matsuyama

Day 3B-D

Imabari – Matsuyama
 
After a morning visit to Nankobo Temple (#55) you will take a leisurely stroll to Senyu Temple (#58). From here you will have an extended view of Imabari city and the ‘Shimanami Kaido’ which links numerous islands of the Seto Inland Sea. After taxiing to Iyotomida station you wil board the train for Matsuyama with scenic views of the Seto Inland Sea.
Walking distance: 8.5km / Elevation gain: 200m / Time required: About 8 hours

Day 4B-D

Matsuyama – Uwajima
 
After a morning train ride from Matsuyama station to Uno Machi you will walk about 30 minutes to Meiseki Temple (#43). From here you will taxi to Hanagajizo from where you will walk to the entrance of Butsumoku Temple (#42) via to Inomiyanoshita station to board a train for Uwajima.
Walking distance: 12.7 km / Elevation gain: 600m / Time required: About 9 hours

Day 5B-D

Uwajima – Matsuyama – Dogo
 
Hop a morning express train back to Matsuyama where you will board the bus to Kumakogen Highlands. From there you will take a 20 minute walk to Daiho Temple (#44). Exiting the rear of Daiho you will proceed on to Iwaya Temple (#45) via the pilgrim road and a steep slope called Hacho-zaka and the Touge Odo tunnel. From Iwaya you’ll take a taxi to the nearest bus stop and catch the bus back to Matsuyama where you will taxi on to Dogo onsen for a well deserved dip in the world famous hot spring baths.
Walking distance: 9.7 km / Elevation gain: 1,260m / Time required: About 11 hours
005-Uwajima-Matsuyama-Dogo

Day 6B--

Dogo – Matsuyama
 
A return to Matsuyama city via electric tramway from where you will embark on your journey home.

B :  Breakfast  L :  Lunch  D :  Dinner

REMARKS

Please read the general booking conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which bookings are accepted by JTB New Zealand Ltd. (“JTB”)

  • 1.   Planning Company: JTB Japan Travel Corp.
    Address: 2-3-11 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
    Japan Tourism Agency Registered Travel Agent (No. 1955)
  • 2.   Please note that the scheduled itinerary is subject to change, such as changes to the order or amount of time spent at destinations as a result of public transportation circumstances, road conditions, etc.
  • 3.   Vegetarian meals are not available on this tour.
  • 4.   This tour visits a wide range of areas in Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. In Hokkaido and Aomori the temperature may drop below 0°C even in the daytime, and snowfall may be heavy. In contrast, the high temperature in Okinawa may be around 20°C. With a maximum temperature difference of about 30°C, participants on this tour will need to bring the appropriate clothing and items for the climate at each destination.
  • 5.   [Day 2 / For tour departing on Jan. 29 only] The tour will join the Gokayama Illumination Tour, which is a 1-day tour operated by JTB, and other international and Japanese customers will also be on board.
  • 6.   [Day 6] As drift ice is a natural phenomenon, in some cases drift ice may not be seen after the ship departs, but no refunds will be issued even if participants do not get to see drift ice.
  • 7.   [Day 9] Hirosaki Castle will be viewed from the outside only. Participants cannot enter the castle keep.
  • 8.   [Day 10] Suitcases and other large-size luggage will be sent from Hotel Nikko Fukuoka to Hotel JAL City Naha. Luggage pick-up will be on Day 12, so please pack a backpack or similar small bag for 2 days for your personal belongings on Day 11 and Day 12. (Luggage shipping for 1 piece of luggage per participant is included in the tour booking charge. Charges must be paid on site for any additional luggage.)
  • 9.   [Day 11 & Day 12 / For tours departing on Jan. 29 & Feb. 1 only] The visit to Nago Park may be changed to Ryukyumura depending on the blooming conditions of the cherry blossoms. No refunds will be issued in such cases.
  • 10. [Day 14] For the Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour, this tour will join a tour operated by JTB for international travelers, and the interpreter guide that accompanied the tour through Day 13 will change to a different guide.
  • 11. Rooms for each hotel on this plan must be 1 room for 2 guests. Room types cannot be selected.
  • 12. Children younger than 6 years old are not permitted to participate.
  • 13. This tour is accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter guide for the entire itinerary, except for free time sections of the tour. Note that in some cases, all sections of the itinerary may not be led by the same interpreter guide. In such cases, there is a possibility that certain transfers via airplane, etc. may not be accompanied by an interpreter guide.
  • 14. Depending on the number of participants and the destinations, a different type of vehicle such as a large taxi or minibus may be used.
  • 15. Seating requests for transportation are not accepted.
  • 16. If the minimum number of participants (2) is not met by 20 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.

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  • Please read the general booking conditions carefully as they incorporate the basis upon which bookings are accepted by JTB New Zealand Ltd. (“JTB”)
JTB New Zealand Ltd
Phone: 0800-525-725 Tel: (09)-303-2887, Fax:(09)-366-0772 E-Mail : akl.nz@jtbap.com