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Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide

The Shikoku Pilgrimage Guide – in English.

Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide 2020
An almost indispensable travel companion for those who walk the pilgrimage route. Updated in 2020 by Naoyuki Matsushita. Published as a paperback in a handy format (width 13 cm; height 18 cm; thickness 1 cm). 192 pages, weight 250g.
With compact information on all 88 temples and brief information on pilgrimage equipment, temple etiquette, railroad connections on Shikoku, and other topics on about 30 pages. More than 150 pages with very detailed maps of the routes to the 88 temples and to the 20 Bangai temples, including distances, altitude and alternative routes. Extremely helpful for planning the daily stages.
With location information and telephone numbers for overnight accommodations (minshuku, ryokan, business hotels, etc.). Restaurants, convenience stores, rest stops and more are also indicated.

The Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide can be purchased for 1,760 yen (15.50 USD/13.50 EUR) on Shikoku. For example, at Tokushima Station in the souvenir store or at Temple 1 Ryōzen-ji.
The title is also available from some online booksellers.

For more info:

Shikoku Pilgrimage – A Guide For Non-Japanese

Available as a PDF ebook for free download: Shikoku Pilgrimage -A Guide For Non-Japanese

Cover - Shikoku Pilgrimage  A Guide For Non-Japanese

By Naoyuki Matsushita, author of the “Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide”. Translated and edited from Japanese by David Turkington. Published in August 2017.

From the author’s introduction: “The purpose of this book is to alleviate the anxiety that non-Japanese pilgrims (who know little compared to Japanese pilgrims) might have about the weather, the history, and the many other aspects of the pilgrimage. I have comprehensively collected information and put together concise summaries of each area. The intended reader is a walking pilgrim, but because I have also included information for other types of pilgrims, such as those who undertake it by car, please refer to those sections that are appropriate and essential for you.
Chapter 22, Legends & Folklore Found Along The Pilgrimage, was compiled with the purpose of allowing non-Japanese who walk the pilgrimage to understand the meaning and historical background of the things they see and hear while on the walk so that they can have a deeper understanding of the pilgrimage and its significance.
Regarding the religious theme of the pilgrimage, this book was edited while paying constant attention to maximum non-sectarianism, but given the differences in individual understanding and interpretation, in areas where you think there is too much or too little content, please be understanding.”

Also available for free download in French, Korean, Chinese.


Cover - Naoyuki Matsushita, Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide 2020
Shikoku Japan 88 Route Guide 2020Naoyuki MatsushitaPrintEnglish2020Buyodo Co. Ltd/Tokyo
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Print media – articles

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Wie die Neunte nach Japan kam - Deutsche in Shikoku

Frankfurter AllgemeineGerman
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