Hitting the Road: Pilgrimage in Japan

Examine the context and culture of 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.

In this class, learn the ins and outs of the Shikoku pilgrimage from the various possible routes and customary dress to the particulars of hospitality extended to pilgrims from locals all across Shikoku.

Pick up historical context of the trek’s origin in preparation for your own future temple-hopping journey.

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 18
  • 10:30am–12pm
  • Jean Pearce classroom
  • ¥2,530
  • Cancellation deadline: Oct 8
  • An enrichment program registration fee of ¥3,500 is applied to non-Connections members. The fee is waived for Connections members.
  • Shikoku Pilgrimage Preparation


  • 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.