Shikoku Pilgrimage Preparation

Practical tips and tricks for completing Japan’s most historic temple trek.

What will I learn in this class?
For more than a millennium, the Shikoku henro pilgrimage has stood as Japan’s premiere spiritual journey.

With 88 temples spread across more than 1,200 kilometers throughout the southwestern island, the pilgrimage asks visitors to pay homage at as many holy sites as they can, making the trek no small feat–unless you’re armed with the right information.

Dig into the details of your pilgrimage with an in-depth exploration of sample itineraries, a rundown on trekking ettiquette and helpful tips for both pedestrians and cyclists.

This class also covers information on side treks during the sprawling journey to delight history buffs, culture enthusiasts and much more.

Who teaches this class?
Charlotte Kennedy Takahashi is a former Club vice president with a long history of walking and hiking throughout Japan.
To date, she has visited 56 of the Shikoku Pilgrimage’s 88 temples to supplement a long career living in and learning about Japanese culture and history.


  • Oct 25
  • 10:30am–12pm
  • Jean Pearce classroom
  • ¥2,530
  • Cancellation deadline: Oct 15
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members. The fee is waived for Connections members.


  • By registering, Members accept the inherent risks in activities where social distancing requirements cannot be followed, and they agree not to hold the Club liable in the case of injury, illness or contraction of COVID-19 during these activities.