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The Shikoku Pilgrimage is a trail of 88 temples. It is believed all these temples were visited by the famous Buddhist monk Kukai, founder of the Shingon school. The pilgrimage has long been completed on foot, but modern pilgrims take public transporation or even bicycles or motorcycles. The walking course is approximately 1200 kilometers long and can take up to 60 days to complete. "Henro" is the Japanese word for pilgrim - they are recognisable by their white clothing, sedge hats, and walking sticks.
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The Shikoku Pilgrimage is a trail of 88 temples.  It is believed all these temples were visited by the famous Buddhist monk Kukai, founder of the Shingon school. The pilgrimage has long been completed on foot, but modern pilgrims take public transporation or even bicycles or motorcycles. The walking course is approximately 1200 kilometers long and can take up to 60 days to complete. "Henro" is the Japanese word for pilgrim - they are recognisable by their white clothing, sedge hats, and walking sticks.