I can’t really explain what O-Henro is without making it cheap and short.

At it’s most basic, O-Henro is an imitation and honoring of the legacy of Kobo-Daishi (774-835), the most famous Buddhist monk of Japan, who hiked around the Shikoku Region in order to find an eternal truth. During the trip, he made visits to 88 temples. But it’s really much more than someone tromping around Japan for 40-60 days thinking about how cool our creator is.

So far I’ve made the hike once, and only made part of the journey.

2008 – Awa Prefecture



  1. Hi, since you are interested in and have done some of the Shikoku pilgrimage, I just wanted to tell you that I have just published an English translation of Takamure Itsue’s Musume Junreiki. I am sure that you would enjoy it. It is available through Amazon and the title is The 1918 Shikoku Pilgrimage of Takamure Itsue: an English translation of Musume Junreiki.


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