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Henro, or Japanese Buddhist pilgrims, making their way along the sacred trails of Koya-san. Though the most famous trail in Japan is around Shikoku Island's 88 temples, Koya-san is another hot spot. Nowadays it is common to undertake pilgrimages in stages, completing one cycle in a number of trips; many devotees repeat the pilgrimage - even hundreds of times. Some become so addicted to the sites and the route that they spend their entire lives on the road and end their pilgrimage only in death, a memorial stone marking the ending of their life's journey.
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Henro, or Japanese Buddhist pilgrims, making their way along the sacred trails of Koya-san.  Though the most famous trail in Japan is around Shikoku Island's 88 temples, Koya-san is another hot spot.  Nowadays it is common to undertake pilgrimages in stages, completing one cycle in a number of trips; many devotees repeat the pilgrimage - even hundreds of times. Some become so addicted to the sites and the route that they spend their entire lives on the road and end their pilgrimage only in death, a memorial stone marking the ending  of their life's journey.