The Shikoku no Michi in Kagawa Prefecture is dotted with numerous beautiful lakes, including Manno Lake which is widely known as Japan’s most famous lake, that exist in harmony with low hills resembling inverted bowls to create a peaceful rural landscape. The entire trail comprises 28 different routes with a total length of 270km.
The “Murmurs of the Streams” Route
The uphill course, running along a ravine and beyond the sacred mountain peak, Nyotaisan, is full of variety. Okuboji Temple, of the 88 Shikoku pilgrimage temples to grant your wishes, welcomes you.
距 離7.7km所要時間7.5時間難易度一般向見どころAutumn colors (November to December)
Spots to photograph Nyotaisan（with the signboard at the summit）
The “Manno Lake and Quince” Route
Your encounter with Manno Lake, Japan’s most famous lake, will certainly be an unforgettable experience.
距 離6.9km所要時間4時間難易度一般向見どころQuince flowers (April)
Spots to photograph Manno Lake (with the signboard at the western bank of the lake)
The “Earthy Aromas and Tea” Route
This route brings you through the gentle hills at the foot of the Asan Mountains.
距 離8.8km所要時間3時間難易度一般向見どころTea fields (late April to May)
Spots to photograph Signboard of “Nakayama Rest Area”
The pilgrimage route of Unpenji Temple
This route covers a section of the pilgrimage route connecting Unpenji Temple and Daikoji Temple, the 66th and 67th temples respectively of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. Beautiful azalea and wild sakura can be seen here.
距 離7.6km所要時間8時間難易度健脚向見どころAzalea (late April to mid-May), wild sakura (early April)
Spots to photograph Signboard of “Isshosui”
Shikoku no Michi in different prefectures
- Ehime Prefecture
- The Shikoku no Michi in Ehime Prefecture is a walking trail that brings you to the Seto Inland Sea where you can enjoy views of islands of various sizes, the Uwa Sea which has complex coastlines, and the beautiful nature of Shikoku Karst. It gives you the chance to explore the history and culture of Shikoku’s Pilgrimage Trail, old roads, and its shrines and temples. The entire trail comprises 33 different routes with a total length of 360km.
- Kochi Prefecture
- The Shikoku no Michi in Kochi Prefecture brings you to the breathtaking coastlines of Cape Ashizuri and Yokonami Peninsula (which has a ria coast), the meandering Shimanto River as well as Shikoku Karst whose reflection can be seen in the river’s headwaters, the limestone cave Ryuga Cave, and various other natural and historical sites. The entire trail comprises 38 different routes with a total length of 600km.
- Tokushima Prefecture
- The Shikoku no Michi in Tokushima Prefecture is lined with sites such as the Magosaki Observation Deck where you can enjoy panoramic views of magnificent whirlpools, as well as Ryozenji Temple, one of the 88 temples of the Shikoku Pilgrimage. The trail then leads you to Shosanji Temple where you may meet people embarking on the pilgrimage. The trail continues in the southern part of the prefecture along the coastline, bringing you in close proximity to the blue, sparkling Pacific Ocean. The entire trail comprises 24 different routes with a total length of 320km.