Henro Pilgrim Figurine Welcome Sign - The Shikoku Pilgrimage is one of the most celebrated pilgrimages in the world. The trail of 88 temples circumnavigates the island of Shikoku. The entire route is about 1200 kilometers long which allows one to experience the abundant natural surroundings of Shikoku and gives many opportunities to mix with the local people - a rare chance to glimpse into the “real” Japan. This pilgrimage provides the setting and situation to reflect on one's life and to ruminate on where one has been, where one is and where one is going. Pilgrim’s motives for making this voyage are varied. For example, some come for religious reasons, some to pray for healing or safety, or some in memory of those who have passed away. Some come just to get away from regular life, others for recreation, or simply to spend time alone in reflection and to find oneself.