Wonderful Japan – Shikoku

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(By Tsem Rinpoche and Pastor Adeline)

Shikoku (四国, which literally means “four countries”) is the smallest among Japan’s four main islands as well as the least populous one with over 4 million people. It is located at the southwest of Honshu Island and is east of Kyushu Island. Just as its name implies, Shikoku is divided into four prefectures that refers to the former four provinces that made up this island, namely Awa, Tosa, Sanuki, and Iyo. These four provinces are replaced by today’s four prefectures of Tokushima, Kochi, Kagawa, and Ehime respectively. The previous names of the four prefectures, remain in use today in various cultural forms such as “Awa-Odori,” a famous dance, and “Sanuki udon,” a famous dish.

In the 12th century, the Heike (Taira) clan was defeated by the Genji (Minamoto) during the sea battle of Dannoura that took place near the Shimonoseki in western Honshu. The Heike fled to Shikoku and started their life there.

Among the four main islands of Japan, Shikoku is one of country’s least traveled to areas. Nonetheless, there are still many reasons for you to explore Shikoku, one being the well known Shikoku Pilgrimage during which you follow in the footsteps of the Buddhist monk Kukai (空海, literally means ‘Empty Ocean’) to visit 88 temples that he built throughout the island. Known posthumously as Kobo Daishi (弘法大師, Venerable Master who propagated the Buddha Dharma, 774-835 CE), Kukai founded the Shingon School of Buddhism. He was also a civil servant, scholar, poet, and artist who is also well known as a calligrapher and engineer. Among his many achievements is the invention of the kana which is written script of the Japanese language combined with the kanji (Chinese characters). This pilgrimage is one of Japan’s most famous pilgrimages that allows you to see the entire island.

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Between the historical sites, temples, and natural beauty, there are also palaces in Matsuyama and Kochi, the 1,348 step climb to the Konpira shrine, the Awa Odori festival in Tokushima, and the mountains of the Iya Valley and the Oboke Gorge. The island has excellent onsen (hot springs) and hiking sites, natural parks, and forests waiting for you to explore.

 

Weather

The Shikoku region’s climate differs wildly according to which side of its mountain range you are on. This mountain range cuts through the centre of the island. Its weather remains warm and wet in winter on the Pacific coast. In summer, Kochi has very high temperatures and hit 41°C (105.8°F) in the summer of 2013 – the highest ever recorded temperature in Japan. During winter, heavy snow blankets the whole Iya Valley.

The best time for any pilgrimage to take place is in April, during spring. Outdoor nature activities are best to be done between July and September when the sun is shining, the rivers are running, and the surf is rolling, not forgetting August when the wildest dance party Awa-odori Matsuri takes place in Tokushima.

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Tradition

Traditionally, the pilgrims visiting the 88-temples associated with Kukai embark on the pilgrimage on foot. However, modern-day pilgrims can choose to travel by bus or rental car as for a pilgrim to achieve the toshiuchi (通し打ち, complete the pilgrimage in one go), it takes about six weeks on foot but only 10 days by bus to complete the entire 1,198.96 kilometres (745 miles) circuit around Shikoku’s 88 temples. Pilgrims recite the Heart Surta in either Japanese romaji or in English at each temple as well.

The Japanese word for pilgrimage is henro (遍路) and the pilgrims of Shikoku are called o-henro-san (お遍路さん). They are often seen wearing white clothing adorned with the characters reading do-gyo ni-nin (同行二人, two traveling together), sedge hats, and kongō-zue (金剛杖, walking sticks). They also accept osettai (お接待, alms) that are frequently given generously by the locals.

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Many pilgrims begin and complete the journey by visiting the Shingon Buddhist School’s headquarters, Mount Koya in Wakayama prefecture, which is considered a must visit site. The Koya-san’s 21-kilometre (13-mile) walking trail still exists but most pilgrims use the train instead.

There are two other major traditions preserved in the Tokushima and Kochi prefectures. In Tokushima, there is the annual 4-day Awa Odori parade that takes place in August in conjunction with the Obon festival. This 400-year-old festival, Japan’s largest, never fails to attract around 1.3 million locals and visitors from overseas each year.

The annual Yosakoi Festival in Kochi prefecture has been held for over 60 years. It is one of Japan’s 10 largest festivals and a summer pastime for the people of Kochi. This festival also takes place in August, from the 9th to the 12th, every year and attracts large throngs of tourists and dancers from around Japan.

Awa Dance

 

People’s Characters

Lying in the heart of Shikoku is Kagawa, an area known to be filled with Hype Beasts who enjoy the latest trends and fashions. In stark contrast, in Tokushima, you find more moderate yet strong-willed people who are diligent and industrious, while in Ehime you will find people who are laid back and good-mannered, but they also tend to by shy and conservative. The open, large-hearted and extravagant people live in Kochi, many of whom love to drink.

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Dialects

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There is a variety of dialects in Shikoku that can roughly be broken up into two on either side of the Shikoku mountain range. In the north, such as Kagawa and Tokushima, the Sanuki-ben and Awa-ben dialects are soft and feminine, while in the south, such as Ehime and Kochi, the Iyo-ben and Tosa-ben are said to be strong and masculine. Although the dialects have many characteristics and differences, all Shikoku people commonly uses “ken” or “yaken” to replace “kara” or “dakara” to say “because” in standard Japanese.

Words are differentiated in various dialects according to their pitch. Many Shikoku dialects have the Kyoto-Osaka-type accent and its variations that are similar to the Kansai dialect, except for eastern Kochi and south-western Ehime.

 

Etiquette

For a general guidelines on Japanese etiquette and manners, please click here.

 

Food

Udon is one of Shikoku’s major foods often served hot as a noodle soup. Its simplest form is kake udon that is accompanied by the kakejiru – a soup that is mildly flavoured, made of dashi (cooking stock), mirin (rice wine), and shoyu (soy sauce). This dish is usually topped with thinly chopped spring onions with thin slices of kamaboko (a half-moon-shaped fish cake). There are other common toppings included in the dish also, such as tempura (often prawn or kakiage – a mixed tempura fritter), or aburaage (deep-fried tofu pockets seasoned with mirin, soy sauce and sugar).

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As Shikoku is surrounded by the ocean, seafood is definitely the common food of the region. Shikoku’s warm climate allows the cultivation of plenty of citrus fruits such as mikan and yuzu that have become closely associated with the areas they are grown in.

Each of the prefectures also have their respective and famous local dishes you may like to try:

 

Kagawa

Udon originates from Kagawa. In particular Kagawa is famous for its Sanuki udon, which you can enjoy in various ways such as dipping the noodle in a rich sauce or eating them in warm broth.

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Tokushima

The Tokushima ramen, which includes a raw egg cracked, is well known in the prefecture. It is eaten in a chicken broth or tonkotsu (pork bone) soup though its flavours do vary among the restaurants.

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Kochi

Kochi’s regional dish is called “katsuo no tataki” made by broiling thick slices of katsuo (skipjack tuna) and eaten with a special sauce.

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Ehime

Ehime’s specialty is the Jakoten, which is a type of small fish that is fried.

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Souvenirs

Here’s a list of regional souvenirs you may like to get when you travel around Shikoku:

 

Kagawa

The traditional craft of Marugame uchiwa is a fan made using a single piece of bamboo, known for their beautiful designs and cooling function.

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Tokushima

Accessories made using the aizome dyeing technique is well-known throughout this region. This technique can produce a lovely deep indigo colour and the technique is registered as an intangible cultural property.

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Kochi

Many high-quality coral items made from around the prefecture are produced here.

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Ehime

Most of the coral accessories in the world are made in Ehime. This region is also famous for its traditional Tobeyaki which is a type of thick and fat porcelain that has beautiful indigo patterns painted onto it.

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Getting to Shikoku

The best way to travel to Shikoku is via air from Tokyo. All prefectures are within an hour or an hour and a half from Tokyo. Tokushima is two hours away from Osaka by the highway bus, while the distance between Osaka and Kagawa is roughly two hours on shinkansen (bullet train) and JR line. Taking a flight from Tokyo to Kochi and Ehime is less than an hour. Takamatsu also has flights to Seoul, Korea.

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Transportation around Shikoku

The island of Shikoku has train services that follow the coastline, and the Dosan Line train service that connects Kagawa, Tokushima, and Kochi. Tokushima has both railways within the prefecture and the coastal areas. It is the main rail hub that connects Shikoku and Honshu via the Seto Ohashi Bridge. Ferry services are available to other islands within the Seto Inland Sea, from ports such as Takamatsu Port.

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Visa’s application

For general guidelines on Japanese tourist visa applications, please click here.

 

20 Great Places to Visit in Shikoku

 

Kagawa

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Kagawa prefecture (香川県, Kagawa-ken) is the smallest prefecture in Japan but rich in natural and artistic beauty. Its capital is Takamatsu. Kagawa houses one of Japan’s most beloved traditional gardens and Naoshima which consists of several remarkable modern art museums in the country. In addition, it is also the birthplace of udon. All in all, there is a lot to do and see in Kagawa which makes it one of the must visit places in Shikoku.

 

1. Naoshima

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Naoshima (直島) is an hour ferry away from Takamatsu city. As you arrive at Miyanoura port, you are be welcomed by Naoshima’s symbol – the Yayoi Kusama’s “Red Pumpkin”. Naoshima is known as an island off Kagawa’s coast where art has blended into island life. It houses several of Japan’s best modern art museums, and there are even works of art scattered throughout the island.

The museums in Naoshima are unique in their own rights and house several stunning pieces that are absolutely stunning. Some of the more unique museums are the 007 Museum devoted to “The Man with the Red Tattoo” James Bond novel, the Benesse House Museum, and Chichu Art Museum designed by the world-famous architect Tadao Ando, and the Art House Project that turns traditional houses in the Honmura district into works of art. As a result, all schools and gym facilities there have unique designs to match the stylistic buildings in the area.

Apart from art, there are other beautiful attractions on the island, such as its rich natural beauty that delights visitors all year round. The island is filled with blooming azaleas in spring, while swimming and outdoor activities are best enjoyed in the summer. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can taste the local delights too. If you are looking for regional souvenirs, do shop at the Marine station “Naoshima”.

This is definitely an island you won’t want to miss when you visit Shikoku.

Address: Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
Phone: +81-87-892-2299 (Naoshima Tourism Association)
Website: http://www.naoshima.net/en/index.php
Visit Website (Naoshima Tourism Association)

How to get there

1 hour ferry ride from Takamatsu Port

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. La Curación
    Address: 4780-8 Tsumu-ura, Naos Naoshimahima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-90-9556-1058
    Website: http://www.episode1fam.com/
  2. Seven Beach
    Address: 2310-19, naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-892-4567
    Website: http://yado-sevenbeach.com
  3. Guest House Roji to Akari
    Address: 729, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-80-3058-3887
    Website: https://guesthouse-rojitoakari.tumblr.com/

 

2. Benesse House Museum (Benesse Art Site Naoshima)

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Located on the southern coast of Naoshima island, the Benesse (which means “living well”) House Museum is a modern and contemporary art museum and resort. It was designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando, who conceptualised it as the “coexistence of art, nature and architecture”. The complex consists of four buildings, namely the Beach, Museum, Oval, and Park, and it is the centre piece of the Benesse Corporation’s art facilities.

Each building in the complex forms a gallery featuring unique artwork. This is mirrored in the guest rooms, on the beach, in the woodlands, and basically all over the place. The modern art museum on a hill overlooking the sea, is the main attraction of the Benesse House. This museum displays works by Japanese and overseas artists that were inspired by Naoshima’s natural surroundings and its architecture. Guests who stay at the Museum and Oval buildings have the privilege and exclusive access to the museum 24 hours a day.

There are nearly twenty art pieces scattered around the lawns and beaches at the Benesse House in addition to the artwork in the guest rooms and museum, such as the iconic pumpkin. These art works can be found along the cliffs and shore below the museum, and are specifically designed to merge with the natural surroundings where they are placed.

Other facilities such as shops, cafes, restaurants, and a spa in the Benesse House are open to staying guests and visitors. Guests from the Museum and Oval buildings also have the added privileges to dine in exclusive restaurants. The room rates at Benesse House start around 25,000 yen per night and it is the island’s most luxurious accommodation.

Address: Gotanji, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
Phone: +81-87-892-3223
Operating Hours:
Museum
Open daily from 8am-9pm, last admission at 8pm
Admission: 1,030 yen, free for children under 15 years old and guests of Benesse House
Website: http://www.benesse-artsite.jp/en/benessehouse-museum/index.html

How to get there

Take the 50-minute ride on the Shikoku Kisen ferry to Miyanoura Port from Takamatsu Port and then hop onto the town bus for Tsutsuji-so. Get off at the last stop located at the Benesse House’s east gate. You can talk a 10 or 15-minute walk, or take a 5-minute free shuttle bus to the Benesse House.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Benesse House
    Address: Gotanji, Naoshima, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-892-3223
    Website: http://benesse-artsite.jp/en/stay/benessehouse/
  2. Mukaejima Guesthouse
    Address: 2835, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-892-2876
    Website: http://mukae-jima.com/
  3. Guest House Oomiyake
    Address: 855, Naoshima-cho, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-892-2328
    Website: http://oomiyake.jp/

 

3. Kotohira-gu (Konpira) Shrine/Konpira Hot Springs

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Kotohira-gu (金刀比羅宮), is one of the most popular Shinto shrines in Kagawa and is the mother shrine of Japan’s various Konpira shrines. It is dedicated to the guardian god of sailors, prayed to for the safety of seafarers across Japan. The shrine is located on the steep slopes of a mountain and well known for its 785-step climb up to the main shrine and 1,368 steps in total to the inner shrine. Although the climb can be tough for some, it is a rewarding and beautiful effort where you can enjoy nature and its beauty. Along the steps are Konpira’s main gate – the o-mon, rows of traditional sweet stalls – gonin byakusho, shaded from the sun, and an art museum – shoin, designated as an Important Cultural Property (ICP). In its vast precincts are other historical buildings such as an ICP asahi-sha and the treasure house Homotsu-kan that exhibits top-class art and cultural items.

Stop by at the Konpira hot springs located at the foot of Konpira-san on the way back. The town, which once flourished during the Edo period (1603-1868), is now filled with hot-spring inns. The spring water contains calcium, sodium, chloride, and a little iron and is gentle to the skin. There are also refreshing foot baths available, especially suitable after a long climb down from Kotohira-gu.

Address:
Kotohira-gu Shrine 892-1 Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa
Konpira Hot Springs Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa
Phone:
Kotohira-gu Shrine +81-877-75-2121
Kotohira-cho Tourist Information Centre +81-877-75-3500
Website:
Kotohira-gu Shrine (Japanese only) http://www.konpira.or.jp/
Konpira Hot Springs (Japanese only) http://www.kotohirakankou.jp/stay.html

How to get there

Kotohira-gu shrine is a 20-minute walk from Kotohira station and a 50-minute drive from Takamatsu Airport. Airport shuttle bus services to Kotohira are available from the airport. It is approximately a 15-minute drive from Zentsuji.

Konpira hot springs are approximately a 10-minute walk from Kotohira station and approximately a 15-minute drive from Zentsuji.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Kotohira Kadan
    Address: 1241-5 Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-877-75-3232
    Website: http://www.kotohira-kadan.jp/english.html
  2. Kotohira Grand Hotel Sakuranoshou
    Address: 977-1 Kotohira-cho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-877-75-3218
    Website: http://sakuranoshou-kotohira-grand.booked.net
  3. Kotosankaku
    Address: 685-11, Nakatado-gun, Kotohira-cho, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-877-75-1000
    Website: http://www.kotosankaku.jp

 

4. Zentsu-ji

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Together with Mt. Koya in Wakayama and Toji Temple in Kyoto, Zentsuji (総本山善通寺) is one of the three holy sites related to the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi. This temple is known as the birthplace of Kobo Daishi as well as the 75th point along the 88-temple Shikoku Pilgrimage which traces the route on which the late Kobo Daishi was trained. Kobo Daishi took 6 years to build this temple himself after he returned from China in 807 CE. This temple is named after his father, Lord Yoshimichi.

The temple grounds cover 48,4375.97 square feet (45,000 square metres) that are divided into an eastern area “Garan” and western area “Tanjoin”. The main temple and the five-storey pagoda is located on the Garan. The pagoda is a wooden structure with an interesting design that holds a large central pillar that hangs down by a chain from its top, stopping 6 centimetres from the structure’s foundation. The surrounding is very quiet and serene with a 1000-year-old camphor tree that attracts visitors to the area too.

Address: 3-3-1 Zentsuji-cho Zentsuji-city, Kagawa
Phone: +81-877-62-0111
Operating Hours:
7am-5pm
Treasure museum: 8am-5pm, last admission at 4:30pm.
Charm house: 9am-4pm
Admission: Treasure museum 500 yen for adult
Website: http://www.zentsuji.com/english/

How to get there

Zentsuji is 10 minutes away by car from the Trans Shikoku expressway Zentsuji interchange. It is 15 minutes from Kotohira and a 20-minute walk from JR Zentsuji Station.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Zentsuji Grand Hotel
    Address: 8-8-5 Kamiyoshidacho, Zentsuji city, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-877-63-2111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kagawa_Prefecture-Zentsuji-Zentsuji_Grand_Hotel/15603/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Ohenroyado Tabibito no Yado Kaze no Kuguru
    Address: 306-1 Kamiyoshidacho, Zentsuji city, Kagawa
    Phone:+81-877-63-6110
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kagawa_Prefecture-Zentsuji-Ohenroyado_Tabibito_no_Yado_Kaze_no_Kuguru/144468/
  3. Chisun Inn Marugame Zentsuji
    Address: 1587-1 Nishisanbuichi Harada-cho Marugame-shi Kagawa
    Phone: +81-877-21-3711
    Website: http://www.solarehotels.com/en/hotel/shikoku/chisuninn-marugame/

 

5. Ritsurin Koen

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The Ritsurin Koen (栗林公園) is a landscape garden established by the local feudal lords during the early Edo Period, located in Takamatsu city. Ritsurin Koen alongside Kanazawa’s Kenrokuen, Mito’s Kairakuen, and Okayama’s Korakuen are often suggested to be the “three most beautiful gardens of Japan”. It is nonetheless one of the best gardens in Japan and one of the most visited sites in Kagawa.

The spacious koen features several great ponds, beautiful pavilions, serene paths, green hills, large trees, and even a tea house divided between two gardens: in the north a Western style garden and in the south a Japanese style garden. Both gardens are beautifully set in front of the forested Mt. Shiun that serves perfectly as a beautiful backdrop which forms a stunning scene that pleases the eyes.

Within the koen are a number of facilities such as mini-markets, a folk museum, and a few pavilions where you can rest and relax while enjoying your refreshments amidst the beauty of the garden. The Kikugetsu-tei teahouse has verandas overlooking the ponds where you can enter and relax for a small fee.

Address: 1-20-16 Ritsurin-cho, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa
Operating Hours:Open throughout the year
January: 7am-5pm
February: 7am-5:30pm
March: 6:30am-6pm
April and May: 5:30am-6:30pm
June to August: 5:30am-7pm
September: 5:30am-6:30pm
October: 6am-5:30pm
November: 6:30am-5pm
December: 7am-5:30pm
Admission:400 yen

How to get there

Ritsurin Koen is 2 kilometres south of Takamatsu Castle and JR Takamatsu Station. It is easily accessed by Kotoden or Japan Railway.

By Kotoden
Hop on to the 7-minute train ride of the Kotohira Line from Takamatsu-Chikko Station and get off at the Ritsurin Koen Station. It is a 10-minute walk from the station to the park’s main entrance.

By Japan Railway
Take the train from JR Takamatsu Station on the Tokushima to Ritsurinkoen-Kitaguchi Station route. The journey is only 5 minutes and the park’s main entrance is just 5 minutes walk away.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Daiwa Roynet Hotel Takamatsu
    Address: 8-23, Marugame-Machi, Takamatsu City, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-811-7855
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kagawa_Prefecture-Takamatsu-Daiwa_Roynet_Hotel_Takamatsu/136268/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Hotel Kawaroku Her-Stage
    Address: 1-2, Hyakken-Machi, Takamatsu, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-821-5666
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kagawa_Prefecture-Takamatsu-Hotel_Kawaroku_Her-Stage/12614/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Takamatsu Hanajukai Onsen Hanajukai
    Address: 3-5-10, Saiho-Cho, Takamatsu City, Kagawa
    Phone: +81-87-861-5580
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kagawa_Prefecture-Takamatsu-Takamatsu_Hanajukai_Onsen_Hanajukai/41416/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

Tokushima

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With the Akashi-Kaikyo and Naruto bridges that connects Shikoku to mainland Japan, Tokushima (徳島県, Tokushima-ken) is notably one of the most visited prefectures of Shikoku. Tokushima is very much loved for its interesting and beautiful natural attractions and is best known for the Awa Odori Festival held every year from 12th to 15th of August, the remote Iya Valley, and the whirlpools of Naruto.

 

6. Awa Odori Festival

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Awa Odori (阿波おどり) is the most famous dance festival across Japan, and occurs during the Obon season in mid-August. Awa was previously the name for Tokushima Prefecture and Odori means dance.

Every year between August 12th and 15th, dancers and spectators flock into Tokushima in their millions to witness this “Fool’s Dance” which dates back 400 years. This name stems from the lyrics of a common dance song that can be translated as “Fools dance and fools watch, if both are fools, you might as well dance”.

The main spectacle takes place between 6pm and 10:30pm where groups of “ren” dancers perform on the streets of downtown Tokushima. The groups play traditional musical instruments such as shamisens (traditional Japanese guitar), gongs and drums as they dance through the designated spectator areas (enbujo). Although the dance steps are simple, ren distinguish themselves with colourful uniforms and difficult variations. Females wear yukata (traditional cotton clothing), while the male wear happi (shorter yukata over shorts or pants) that vary from group to group.

Tokushima’s city centre will be closed in the evening and is turned into six large dance stages with either free or paid seating. The free stages attract casual dancers while the paid stages draw the professional groups. The outer stage area is surrounded by food and game stalls, as well as more dancing activities.

If you are planning to join the Awa Odori, you are advised to pre-book accommodation, as most places are normally fully booked months in advance. Alternatively, you may book accommodation in nearby areas such as Naruto (40 minutes by train), Takamatsu (1 hour by train), or Osaka (2.5 hours by car).

For those who missed the festival, you can visit the Awa Odori museum where you will also find dance demonstrations in the dance hall held several times a day. Also, the lower station of the ropeway leading up to the Mount Bizan is located in the Awa Odori Kaikan building.

Awa Odori Kaikan building
Address: 2-20 Shinmachibashi Tokushima, Tokushima
Phone: +81-88-611-1611
Operating Hours:
Day stage: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm daily; 11am available on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays
Night stage: 8pm-8:50 daily
Admission:
Day time: 600 yen
Night time: 800 yen
Website: http://www.awaodori-kaikan.jp/ (Japanese only)

Bizan Mountain Ropeway
Operating Hours:
9am-9pm, 9am-5:30pm from November to March
Admission:
610 yen one way, 1,020 yen round trip
610 yen round trip between 5:30pm and 9pm from April to October

How to get there

Take the Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen to Okayama from Tokyo or Osaka and switch to a rapid train to continue onto Takamatsu. From Takamatsu, hop onto either the local and limited express trains to get to Tokushima.

By bus
Board the direct night buses from Tokyo to Tokushima at the Shinagawa bus terminal in the Shinagawa Station. The journey is around 10 hours.

From Osaka
Two or more highway buses per hour depart from Osaka (OCAT bus terminal and JR Highway Bus and Hankyu Sanbancho bus terminals near Osaka Station, as well as Nankai bus terminal in Namba) to Tokushima Station. The journey is about 2.5 hours.

By Air
Both JAL and ANA operate in Tokushima Airport. JAL flies from Tokushima to Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Tokyo’s Haneda Airport while ANA connects Tokushima with Nagoya’s Chubu Airport.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Shinsoya Onsen Hotel Kazurabashi
    Address: 33-1, Zentoku, Nishiiyayamamura Imakubo, Miyoshi-Shi, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-87-2171
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Shinsoya_Onsen_Hotel_Kazurabashi/20228/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Hotel Sunroute Tokushima
    Address: 1-5-1, Motomachi, Tokushima-Shi, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-886-53-8111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Tokushima-Hotel_Sunroute_Tokushima/79371/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka
    Address: Oboke, Yamashiro-Cho,Miyoshi City, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-84-1216
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Hotel_Obokekyo_Mannaka/53066/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

7. Iya Valley

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Located in western Tokushima, the Iya Valley (祖谷渓, Iyakei) is located deep in the heart of the Shikoku Island. This secluded and scenic valley is characterised by deep rocky gorges and steep mountain slopes traditionally crossed by vine bridges. Today, two of the vine bridges, Oku-Iya Kazurabashi and Iya Kazurabashi, are well maintained and remain as some of the most popular tourist sites of the area.

The remote valley also consists of excellent hiking sites, beautiful bridges, and several spectacular onsen. The Iya v-shaped valley is surrounded by forests and has a magnificent view when you look down the steep. In autumn, the emerald green river and red-tinted leaves create a beautiful contrast while in winter a sea of clouds are often seen covering the area, adding a mystical touch to any visit.

There is also a statue of the Peeing Boy on the rock that overlooks the valley. The statue was created based on a story of local kids who dared to test their courage by standing on the rock. It rests atop a large boulder that was left there during the Iya Highway’s construction.

Address: Ikedachomatsuo matsumoto, Miyoshi-city, Tokushima

How to get there

Hop on the train line between Okayama and Kochi from Awa-Ikeda and Oboke Stations. The JR Nampu limited express trains depart every hour from Okayama (1.5 hours journey) and Kochi (1 hour journey). You can also take the 1 hour Japanese Railways limited express trains to Takamatsu from Awa-Ikeda station and the 75-minute ride from Tokushima.

How to get to Okayama
There are several bus operators that run direct highway buses between Awa-Ikeda Bus Terminal and Osaka Hankyu Umeda Station. The trip takes about four hours.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Keikoku no Kakureyado Iyabijin
    Address: 9-3,Zentoku, Nishiiyayamamura, Miyoshi City, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-87-2009
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Keikoku_no_Kakureyado_Iyabijin/56704/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Shinsoya Onsen Hotel Kazurabashi
    Address: 33-1, Zentoku, Nishiiyayamamura Imakubo, Miyoshi-Shi, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-87-2171
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Shinsoya_Onsen_Hotel_Kazurabashi/20228/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Hotel Iya Onsen
    Address: 367-2, Matsuo-Matsumoto, Ikeda-Cho, Miyoshi City, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-75-2311
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Hotel_Iya_Onsen/13663/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

8. Naruto Whirlpool

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The Naruto whirlpool is considered one of the world’s top three tides due to its large scale. The Naruto Strait connects the Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and has approximately 1.3 kilometres width. Its narrow size coupled with the tides cause a large amount of water to flow from the Pacific Ocean and the Inland Sea into the strait twice a day. The strait’s current is the fastest in Japan which can sometimes create whirlpools over 20 metres in diameter. The whirlpool is created by the differences in water levels and complex shapes of the strait. Observing the whirlpools can be fun and also thrilling especially when you stepping on the glass floor of Uzunomichi promenade located under the Ohnaruto Bridge and are able to look directly into the sea.

The whirlpools occur around every six hours and are normally seen once in the morning and the afternoon for an hour or two based on the change of tides. Depending on the tides’ intensity, the whirlpools may vary in size. However, they tend to be larger in summer and are the largest during spring tides that occur every two weeks.

It is safe to observe whirlpools from the boats and are best viewed from a sightseeing cruise that gets right next to and among the whirlpools. If you do not wish to spend to go on the boat, the next best option is the view from the Uzunomichi mentioned above.

Address:
Sightseeing boat: Kanko Port, Naruto-cho, Naruto-city, Tokushima
Uzunomichi promenade: Naruto-machi Park, Naruto-cho, Naruto-city, Tokushima
Phone:
Sightseeing boat +81-88-687-0101
Promenade under Ohnaruto Bridge +88-683-6262
Operating Hours:
Sightseeing boat: 9am-4:20pm, a 30-minute cruise
Uzunomichi Promenade: 9am-6pm, 9am-5pm from October-February
Admission:
Sightseeing boat: 1,580-2,260 yen
Uzunomichi Promenade: 510 yen
Website:
Sightseeing boat: http://www.uzusio.com/ (Japanese only)
Uzunomichi Promenade: http://www.uzunomichi.jp/english/

How to get there

The Naruto Park is about seven kilometres north of central Naruto City. The 25-minute bus ride between Naruto Station and Naruto Park runs every hour. These buses pass by the “Naruto Kosoku” bus stop along the way where you can catch a highway bus. Highway buses that travel in the Tokushima direction also stop at “Naruto Koen-guchi” bus stop in Naruto Park along the expressway. From there, you may choose to hop onto one of the sightseeing boats and or walk to the Uzunomichi promenade.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Resort Hotel Moanacoast
    Address: 186-16, Narutocho Tosadomariura Takasuna, Naruto-Shi, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-88-687-2255
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Naruto-Resort_Hotel_Moanacoast/7769/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. NarutoShiozakiOnsen BayResortHotel Naruto Kaigetsu
    Address: 65-8, Fukuike, Tosadomariura, Naruto-Cho, Naruto City, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-50-3160-7333
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Naruto-NarutoShiozakiOnsen_BayResortHotel_Naruto_Kaigetsu/17766/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Renaissance Resort Naruto
    Address: 16-45, Narutocho Tosadomariura Oge, Naruto-Shi, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-88-687-2580
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Naruto-Renaissance_Resort_Naruto/6123/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

9. Oboke and Koboke Gorge

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Oboke (大歩危) and Koboke (小歩危) are sometimes known as Oboke-Koboke Gorge or Oboke-Iya Gorge. Lying upstream of the Yoshino-gawa River, located in the western area of Tokushima, these two valleys are surrounded by the spectacular landscapes of the Shikoku mountain range. The valleys were formed by the mainstream of the Yoshino-gawa River, which starts from the Ishizuchi mountain range and flows down through Tokushima, Kochi, and Ehime. The Japanese word “boke” means “dangerous to walk along”. O-boke (big boke) and Ko-boke (small boke) are said to be named so because of the narrow paths formed by the v-shaped sheer rock faces which makes them very dangerous to walk along, regardless of how slowly or carefully you walk.

A full view of the whole valley’s magnificent scenery can be observed from the promenades and platforms along the Japan Railway Dosan Line and Route 32. Ride on a sightseeing boat that shoots down the rapids from Oboke to Koboke for a better look of the valley and enjoy its natural beauty. Interesting rocks such as the Komori (bat) and the Shishi (lion) can also be seen from the boat.

For those who love active sports such as rafting, do not miss the opportunity to get a closer feel of what Oboke and Koboke has to offer.

Address: 1520 Yamashirochonishiu Miyoshi-city, Tokushima
Phone: +81-883-84-1211
Operating Hours: Daily 9am-5pm
Closing Days: During floods or storms
Admission: 1,080 yen

How to get there

The flight from Haneda, Tokyo to Tokushima Airport is 1 hour 15 minutes. From the airport to Tokushima railway station is a 30-minute bus ride. Koboke and Oboke is 1 hour 35 minutes and 1 hour 40 minutes, respectively, on the Japan Railway Tokushima Dosan Line (limited express) via Awa Ikeda Station.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Hotel Obokekyo Mannaka
    Address: Oboke, Yamashiro-Cho,Miyoshi City, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-84-1216
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Hotel_Obokekyo_Mannaka/53066/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Sunriver Ooboke
    Address: 1259-1, Yamashirocho Nishiu, Miyoshi-Shi, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-50-3066-2111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Sunriver_Ooboke/54677/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Nouka Minshuku Bokenouen
    Address: 1938, Kamimyo, Yamashiro-Cho, Miyoshi City, Tokushima
    Phone: +81-883-84-1273
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Tokushima_Prefecture-Miyoshi-Nouka_Minshuku_Bokenouen/142570/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

10. Shikoku Pilgrimage

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Pilgrimage has played an important role in Japanese religious practice since at least the Heian period (794-1185). Pilgrimage provides a chance to reflect on one’s life in order to change for the better. Motivation for embarking on the Shikoku pilgrimage vary. Some do so for religious reasons, to heal oneself, for safety and protection, or to remember those who have passed away. Some even just want to get away from hectic daily life, some do so for recreation, or simply to spend some time alone to reflect and find oneself. In today’s society, this pilgrimage is being re-discovered and re-defined and a journey of healing.

The Shikoku pilgrimage route is one of the world’s few circular-shaped pilgrimages that consists of 88 ‘official’ temples and other sacred sites where the Buddhist monk Kobo Daishi is believed to have spent time or trained at during the 9th century. The entire route is about 1,200 kilometres and is considered a revered religious journey. Once you have taken your first step, you need not worry too much. As you continue travelling, you slowly begin to reflect on your life and receive truly positive results from this endeavor. Locals along the route are always delighted to extend their hospitality to you, should you make the decision to embark on this pilgrimage.

Collectively, the 88 temples are known as Shikoku Hachijuhakkasho (四国八十八箇所) or simply the Hachijuhakkasho (八十八箇所).

Image Temple Honzon (main image) Location
shikokutemple001 Ryozen-ji (霊山寺) Shaka Nyorai Naruto, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Gokuraku-ji (極楽寺) Amida Nyorai Naruto, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Konsen-ji (金泉寺) Shaka Nyorai Itano, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Dainichi-ji (大日寺) Dainichi Nyorai Itano, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Jizo-ji (地蔵寺) Enmei Jizo Bosatsu Itano, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Anraku-ji (安楽寺) Yakushi Nyorai Kamiita, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Juraku-ji (十楽寺) Amida Nyorai Awa, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Kumadani-ji (熊谷寺) Senju Kannon Awa, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Horin-ji (法輪寺) Shaka Nyorai Awa, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Kirihata-ji (切幡寺) Senju Kannon Awa, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Fujii-dera (藤井寺) Yakushi Nyorai Yoshinogawa, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Shosan-ji (焼山寺) Kokuzo Bosatsu Kamiyama, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Dainichi-ji (大日寺) Juichimen Kannon Tokushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Joraku-ji (常楽寺) Miroku Bosatsu Tokushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Awa Kokubun-ji (阿波国分寺) Yakushi Nyorai Tokushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Kannon-ji (観音寺) Senju Kannon Tokushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Ido-ji (井戸寺) Yakushi Nyorai Tokushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Onzan-ji (恩山寺) Yakushi Nyorai Komatsushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Tatsue-ji (立江寺) Jizo Bosatsu Komatsushima, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Kakurin-ji (鶴林寺) Jizo Bosatsu Katsuura, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Tairyuji (太龍寺) Kokuzo Bosatsu Anan, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Byodo-ji (Tokushima) (平等寺) Yakushi Nyorai Anan, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Yakuo-ji (薬王寺) Yakushi Nyorai Minami, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Hotsumisaki-ji (最御崎寺) Kokuzo Bosatsu Muroto, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Shinsho-ji (津照寺) Jizo Bosatsu Muroto, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Kongocho-ji (金剛頂寺) Yakushi Nyorai Muroto, Kōchi
shikokutemple001 Konomine-ji (神峰寺) Juichimen Kannon Yasuda, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Dainichi-ji (大日寺) Dainichi Nyorai Konan, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Tosa Kokubun-ji (土佐国分寺) Senju Kannon Nankoku, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Zenrakuji (善楽寺) Amida Nyorai Kochi, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Chikurin-ji (竹林寺) Monju Bosatsu Kochi, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Zenjibu-ji (禅師峰寺) Juichimen Kannon Nankoku, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Sekkei-ji (雪蹊寺) Yakushi Nyorai Kochi, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Tanema-ji (種間寺) Yakushi Nyorai Haruno, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Kiyotaki-ji (清滝寺) Yakushi Nyorai Tosa, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Shoryu-ji (青竜寺) Fudo Myoo Tosa, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Iwamoto-ji (岩本寺) Five Buddhas Shimanto, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Kongofuku-ji (金剛福寺) Senju Kannon Tosashimizu, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Enko-ji (延光寺) Yakushi Nyorai Sukumo, Kochi
shikokutemple001 Kanjizai-ji (観自在寺) Yakushi Nyorai Ainan, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Ryukoji (竜光寺) Juichimen Kannon Uwajima, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Butsumoku-ji (佛木寺) Dainichi Nyorai Uwajima, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Meiseki-ji (明石寺) Senju Kannon Seiyo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Daiho-ji (大宝寺) Juichimen Kannon Kumakogen, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Iwaya-ji (ja) (岩屋寺) Fudo Myoo Kumakogen, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Joruri-ji (浄瑠璃寺) Yakushi Nyorai Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Yasaka-ji (八坂寺) Amida Nyorai Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Sairin-ji (西林寺) Juichimen Kannon Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Jodo-ji (浄土寺) Shaka Nyorai Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Hanta-ji (繁多寺) Yakushi Nyorai Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Ishite-ji (石手寺) Yakushi Nyorai Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Taisan-ji (太山寺) Juichimen Kannon Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Enmyo-ji (圓明寺) Amida Nyorai Matsuyama, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Enmei-ji (延命寺) Fudō Myoo Imabari, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Nankobo (南光坊) Daitsu-chisho Butsu Imabari, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Taisan-ji (泰山寺) Jizo Bosatsu Imabari, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Eifuku-ji (栄福寺) Amida Nyorai Imabari, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Senyu-ji (仙遊寺) Senju Kannon Imabari, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Iyo Kokubun-ji (伊予国分寺) Yakushi Nyorai Imabari, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Yokomine-ji (横峰寺) Dainichi Nyorai Saijo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Koon-ji (香園寺) Dainichi Nyorai Saijo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Hoju-ji (宝寿寺) Juichimen Kannon Saijo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Kichijo-ji (吉祥寺) Bishamonten Saijo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Maegami-ji (前神寺) Amida Nyorai Saijo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Sankaku-ji (三角寺) Juichimen Kannon Shikokuchuo, Ehime
shikokutemple001 Unpen-ji (雲辺寺) Senju Kannon Miyoshi, Tokushima
shikokutemple001 Daiko-ji (大興寺) Yakushi Nyorai Mitoyo, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Jinne-in (神恵院) Amida Nyorai Kan’onji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Kannon-ji (観音寺) Sho Kannon Kan’onji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Motoyama-ji (本山寺) Bato Kannon Mitoyo, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Iyadani-ji (弥谷寺) Senju Kannon Mitoyo, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Mandara-ji (曼荼羅寺 Dainichi Nyorai Zentsuji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Shusshakaji (出釈迦寺) Shaka Nyorai Zentsuji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Koyama-ji (甲山寺) Yakushi Nyorai Zentsuji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Zentsu-ji (善通寺) Yakushi Nyorai Zentsuji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Konzo-ji (金倉寺) Yakushi Nyorai Zentsuji, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Doryu-ji (道隆寺) Yakushi Nyorai Tadotsu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Gosho-ji (郷照寺) Amida Nyorai Utazu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Tenno-ji (天皇寺) Juichimen Kannon Sakaide, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Sanuki Kokubun-ji (讃岐国分寺) Juichimen & Senju Kannon Takamatsu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Shiromine-ji (白峯寺) Senju Kannon Sakaide, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Negoro-ji (根香寺) Senju Kannon Takamatsu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Ichinomiya-ji (一宮寺) Sho Kannon Takamatsu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Yashima-ji (屋島寺) Juichimen & Senju Kannon Takamatsu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Yakuri-ji (八栗寺) Sho Kannon Takamatsu, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Shido-ji (志度寺) Juichimen Kannon Sanuki, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Nagao-ji (長尾寺) Sho Kannon Sanuki, Kagawa
shikokutemple001 Okubo-ji (大窪寺) Yakushi Nyorai Sanuki, Kagawa

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For more information: http://wwwtb.mlit.go.jp/shikoku/88navi/en/

 

Kochi

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Kochi (高知) is a small and friendly city that has a casual atmosphere with a dose of southern flair, every ready to offer you a wondrous visit. This prefecture is well-known for its unique natural beauty, including one of the top three caves in Japan, and a mountain temple with a botanical garden, sure to take your breath away. In addition, it is also where the Anpanman Museum is located which is always popular with the kids. There are always many places to enjoy and activities to keep you occupied while exploring Kochi.

 

11. Ryugado Cave

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Ryugado Cave (龍河洞) is considered to be one of the top three caves in Japan, and is an absolute must see when visiting Kochi. This massive limestone cave, over 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) wide, took approximately 175 million years to form. It is one of Japan’s best-known limestone caves and is designated by the government as a natural monument/historical site. The section of the cave open to public spans about 1 kilometre (0.62 miles).

At the entrance you will see examples of ancient pottery, stuck in the walls, dating back to the Yayoi Period (300 BCE-300 CE). In particular, the earthenware from the Yayoi period which covered by calcareous sinter, are known as “divine pots” because they are extremely rare and precious. It is recommended that you take the “Adventure” route during your visit and challenge yourself to crawl along the cave floor, relying solely on a headlight, while enjoying the spectacular scenery to make the visit more exhilarating. Before you leave, don’t forget to drop by the Chincho (rare birds) centre that is adjacent to the cave, where the long-tailed cocks, declared a special natural treasure by the government, are kept.

Address: 1424 Sakakawa, Tosayamada-cho, Kami City, Kochi
Phone: +81-887-53-2144 (Ryuga Cave Preservation Association)
Operating Hours:
8:30am-5pm March 1-November 30
8:30am-4:30pm December 1-end of February
Website: http://www.ryugadou.or.jp/en/hozon.html

How to get there

Get off at JR Tosa-Yamada Station on Shikoku Railway and change to a Ryugado-bound bus operated by Tosaden Kotsu for a 20-minute ride. The cave is about a 15-minute drive away from Noichi Station on Tosa Kuroshio Railway, Kochi Ryoma Airport, and the Nankoku Interchange on Kochi Expressway.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Kochi Kuroshio Hotel
    Address: 1630 Higashino, Noichi-cho, Konan-shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-887-56-5800
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Otoyo-Kochi_Kuroshio_Hotel/15239/
  2. Yumeno Onsen
    Address: 364 Miyanokuchi, Tosayamada-cho, Kami-shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-887-52-2334
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Otoyo-Monobegawa_no_Hotori_no_Onsen_Yado_Yume_no_Onsen/13467/
  3. Southern City Hotel
    Address: 933 Myoken, Nankoku-shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-863-2000
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Nankoku-Southern_City_Hotel/1807/

 

12. Chikurin-ji, Godaisan

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Godaisan (五台山) is one of the most famous mountains in Shikoku, located to the east of Kochi City. The mountain is known for its temples and schools built on its slopes. The Emperor Shomu invited Gyoki (聖武天皇, 701-756), a Chinese Buddhist monk, to come to the mountain. Here, he established the Chikurin-ji (竹林寺), who modelled the mountain temple on temples on Mt. Wutai in China. Since then, the temple has been affectionately known for centuries as the abode of Monju-sama (the Buddha Manjushri who represents wisdom). It is because of this that the temple is known as a temple of learning.

The temple has one of the three most important Monju-sama (Manjushri) statues in Japan, and welcomes visitors. It is the 31st temple along the 88-temple Shikoku Henro pilgrimage route. Other must-see sights include a beautiful five-storey pagoda, a sanctuary, a nationally designated garden of scenic beauty, and 17 Buddhist statues recognised as National Important Cultural Properties. The Monju-do in the temple’s main hall has also been designated an Important Cultural Property.

Unique features of the temple include a garden believed to have been designed by the well-known Rinzai Zen Buddhist Muso Soseki (夢窓疎石, 1275-1351), who was a teacher, monk, poet, and calligrapher, and serves as a reminder of the temple’s long and beautiful history. There is also a spacious botanical garden near the temple that contains beautiful walking paths and plant life.

Address: 3577 Godai-san, Kochi-shi, Kochi
Operating Hours: 9am-5pm, last admission at 4:30pm
Closing Days: December 26-January 1
Admission:
Free in the temple precincts
Garden and Houmotsu-kan (Treasury Hall): 420 yen
Website: http://www.chikurinji.com/

How to get there

Hop on the bus at the Harimayabashi Station for a 25-minute ride to Chikurin-ji stop. The temple is 3 minutes walk away. Alternatively, you may like to take a 25-minute walk from Kochi station.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Joseikan
    Address: 2-5-34, Kami-Machi, Kochi City, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-875-0111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Joseikan/8075/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Kochi Pacific Hotel
    Address: 1-15, Ekimaecho, Kochi-Shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-884-0777
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Kochi_Pacific_Hotel/8584/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Richmond Hotel Kochi
    Address: 1-9-4, Obiyamachi, Kochi City, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-820-1122
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Richmond_Hotel_Kochi/67907/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

13. Anpanman Museum

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Anpanman is one of Japan’s most beloved children’s characters and was born right here in Kochi. Anpanman was created by Takashi Yanase as a most unlikely hero from an outsider’s perspective since he is made of bread! And guess what? He is even filled with tasty sweet bean paste. This delicious hero fights the evil Baikin-man (Bacteria Man) and saves unfortunate souls from hunger by offering a piece of his head to them. To restore his head, all he needs to do is to fly back home for Uncle Jam to bake him a new one.

Takashi Yanase was born in Kochi, making it the perfect place for an Anpanman museum, built here for children of all ages. The museum is open for all, but it would probably be more fun if you go with children.

Address: Anpan-man, Kasumi city, Kochi
Phone: +81-887-59-2300
Operating Hours:
9:30am-5pm, last admission 4:30pm
9am-5pm July 20-August 31
Admission:
Adults 700 yen
Children above 12 500 yen
Children above 3 300 yen
Website: http://www.pref.kochi.lg.jp/english/museums-anpan.html

How to get there

Take the Japan Railway train from Kochi Station to Tosa-Yamada and then transfer to a bus for Odochi. Get off at Anpanman Myujiamu Mae. This journey is about 25 minutes.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Befukyo Onsen
    Address: 452-8, Monobecho Befu, Kami-shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-887-58-4181
    Website: http://www.travelko.com/locale/en_US/hotel/259636/
  2. Iyashi no Yuyado Ryuga Onsen
    Address: 430-1, Tosayamadacho Sakoyabu, Kami-shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-887-53-4126
    Website: http://www.travelko.com/locale/en_US/hotel/259729/
  3. Resort Hotel Umibe-no-Kajuen
    Address: 506-1 Teiyama, Yasu-cho, Kami-gun, Kochi
    Phone: +81-887-55-4111
    Website: http://www.travelko.com/locale/en_US/hotel/262255/

 

14. Yosakoi Matsuri

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The annual 4-day Yosakoi Matsuri (よさこい祭り) takes place from August 9 -12. It originally began in Tosa Kochi Prefecture, in rivalry with the popular Awa Odori festival mentioned above. A local folk song from Tosa states: “Tosa no Kochi no Harimaya-bashi de, bo-san kanzashi kau wo mita. Yosakoi, Yosakoi.” Meaning: “At the Harimaya Bridge in Tosa in Kochi, I saw a monk buying a hair ornament. Yosakoi, Yosakoi.” In ancient Japan, Buddhist monks were not allowed to have relationships with women and this song is about a monk buying a hair accessory for his girlfriend. “Yosakoi” means “come at night”. This song was very popular in Kochi, and was one of the songs that spawned the Yosakoi Matsuri in Kochi in the early 1950s. Its colourful and lively dance craze spread all over Japan and include festivals such as the Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi in Harajuki, the Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo, and events in Saitama and Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture.

The festival is held in the Kochi city’s commercial district with around 80 dance groups from all over Japan taking part. The dancers dress in colourful costumes including traditional kimono and also modern clothing. They play wooden clappers called naruko as they dance through the streets during the festival.

The festival is a lively one, with many young participants, who bring creativity to the festival, through designing their own costumes, and choreographic their dance routines to modern forms of music, like hip-hop, rock, samba, and enka (Japanese ballad).

Address: Kochi City, Kochi
Phone: +88-875-1178
Website: http://www.yosakoi.com/en/

How to get there

The festival is approximately 30 minutes drive away by car from Kochi Ryoma Airport. It is a 15-minute walk from Kochi Station and a 1-minute walk from the Sakai-machi bus stop on the Tosaden Bus route. It is approximately 10 minutes by car from the Kochi Interchange.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Tourist Inn Kochi
    Address: 1-5-5, Okawasuji, Kochi-Shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-820-5151
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Tourist_Inn_Kochi/40847/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Bright Park Hotel
    Address: 1-5-13, Otesuji, Kochi-Shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-823-4351
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Bright_Park_Hotel/5660/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. The Crownpalais New Hankyu Kochi
    Address: 4-2-50, Hommachi, Kochi-Shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-873-1111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-The_Crownpalais_New_Hankyu_Kochi/1436/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

15. Kochi Castle

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Kochi Castle (高知城) is located in the heart of Kochi town centre and is one of the well-preserved castles that survived war, fire, and other disasters of the post feudal age. The castle was originally constructed between 1601 and 1611, but most of its main buildings date back to 1748, after they were reconstructed following a fire.

The castle used to be occupied by the Yamauchi lords during the Edo Period, who ruled the surrounding region then known as Tosa. It is now part of Japan’s Important Cultural Properties, and houses many local treasures and historical objects.

The unique feature of Kochi’s castle is that its main tower (donjon) was used used for military purposes as well as a residence. Historically, most lords resided in a separate building rather than in the castle keep itself such as Kochi’s castle. The wooden interior of the castle still maintains the look of its Edo Period origins, and the lookout point from the castle’s top floor offers spectacular views of the downtown.

If you visit from the end of March, you can enjoy the beautiful cherry blossoms on the grounds, or the red-coloured leaves which make the landscape majestic in autumn.

Address: 1-2-1 Marunouchi Kochi-city, Kochi
Phone: +81-88-824-5701
Operating Hours: 9am-5pm, last admission at 4:30pm
Closing Days: December 26 to January 1
Admission: 420 yen
Website: http://kochipark.jp/kochijyo/ (Japanese only)

How to get there

10-minute ride by bus or 25 minutes walk from Kochi station

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Sansuien
    Address: 1-3-35, Takajomachi, Kochi-Shi, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-822-0131
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Sansuien/17777/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Welcome Hotel Kochi
    Address: 1-8-25, Otesuji, Kochi City, Kochi
    Phone: +81-88-823-3555
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Welcome_Hotel_Kochi/111254/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Hotel Abest Kochi
    Address: 1-7-14, Minamiharimaya, Kochi
    Phone: +81-120-825-077
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Kochi_Prefecture-Kochi-Hotel_Abest_Kochi/1553/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

Ehime

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Ehime prefecture (愛媛県, Ehime-ken) is the largest prefecture in Shikoku due to its population. The prefecture has become fairly popular with tourists due to the prefecture’s historical Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen, and is one of the most visited regions on the island.

Matsuyama (松山) is the capital of Ehime Prefecture and the largest city on Shikoku Island. At the heart of the city stands the beautiful Matsuyamajo castle with a hilltop vantage point that offers beautiful views of the city and a glimpse of the Seto Inland Sea.

The city is also famous for being the setting of Natsume Soseki’s popular novel, “Botchan” that is often read as part of the curriculum in Japanese schools. The novel describes Matsuyama during the turbulent Meiji Restoration and has brought much fame to the city throughout Japan.

Dogo Onsen is also mentioned frequently in “Botchan”. It is one of Matsuyama’s main tourist attractions and Japan’s oldest hot spring resorts located on the north-eastern outskirts of the city.

 

16. Onsen Dogo Honkan

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The famous Dogo Onsen (道後温泉) is found in Ehime’s Matsuyama and is believed to be one of the oldest onsens in Japan. The Dogo Onsen Honkan (道後温泉本館) was built in 1894 during the Meiji Period and is the icon of the Dogo Onsen. The charismatic Honkan is said to be the inspiration behind the award-winning animated film “Spirited Away” produced by Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli.

The honkan offers old-fashioned public baths made of stone, separated by gender. There are two bath areas in the honkan. One on the first floor is the main bath, known as the Kami no Yu (Bath of the Gods), while the one on the second floor is small but more distinguished and known as Tama no Yu (Bath of the Spirits). The second floor also boasts large communal tatami rooms, while smaller private rooms are provided on the third floor, allowing customers space to rest and enjoy light refreshments. There are four different types of admission prices for customers to choose from with different levels of access to the honkan’s facilities.

There is a special section of the honkan called the Yushinden, constructed and set aside for the Imperial Family’s visit in 1899. Tourists can now visit the Yushinden while on a paid guided tour of the facilities reserved for visiting emperors, including a lavishly decorated room with a coffered ceiling, and a bathroom exclusively for the use of the emperor. Since 1952, however, it has never been used by an emperor.

Address: 5-6 Dogoyuno-machi Matsuyama-city, Ehime
Phone: +81-89-921-5141
Operating Hours: 6am-11pm or or 8:40pm depending on the type of admission
Admission:
Access to Kamino-yu bath only: 410 yen
Access to Kamino-yu bath and 2nd floor: 840 yen
Access to Tamano-yu and 2nd floor: 1,250 yen
Access to Tanano-yu and a private room on the 3rd floor: 1,550 yen
Website: http://www.dogo.or.jp/pc/ (Japanese only)

How to get there

The Dogo Onsen Honkan is a 4-minute walk from Dogo Onsen train station. From Japan Railway Matsuyama Station, hop onto the 20-minute ride on tram line 5 train. Take the 15-minute tram line 3 train from Matsuyama-shi Station.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Dogo Onsen Funaya
    Address: 1-33, Dogoyunomachi, Matsuyama-Shi, Ehime
    Phone: +81-89-947-0278
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Onsen_Funaya/11332/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Dogo Onsen Chaharu
    Address: 4-4, Yuzuki-Cho, Dogo, Matsuyama City, Ehime
    Phone: +81-89-945-1321
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Onsen_Chaharu/17668/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Dogo Onsen Hanayuduki
    Address: 4-16, Dogoyuzukicho, Matsuyama-Shi, Ehime
    Phone: +81-89-943-3333
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Onsen_Hanayuduki/16719/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

17. Matsuyama Castle

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The Matsuyama Castle (松山城) is located in Matsuyama City and is a five-storey castle built in 1603. Although it is one of Japan’s twelve “original castles” that survived the Meiji Restoration, some sections of it were unfortunately destroyed during World War II. These sections are main finished, but sections are still under renovation. Nevertheless, is one of the most beautiful attractions on the island. Located on top of Mount Katsuyama’s fairly steep hill, it is a strategic location from which to view Matsuyama and the Seto Inland Sea. The castle also offers a spectacular view of the city from the top of its mountain perch.

About 200 sakura trees were planted on the castle grounds, thus making it a lovely sakura blossom site around late March to early April every year. The Matsuyama Castle was first constructed between 1602 and 1628 and was assigned to a branch of the Matsudaira family who were relatives to the Edo family who ruled the country. The castle remained in their hands until the end of the feudal era. The current three-storey building was constructed in 1820, as the original five-storey building was destroyed by lightning.

Address: 1 Marunouchi Matsuyama-city, Ehime
Phone: +81-89-921-4873
Operating Hours:
9am-5pm
9am-5:30pm in August
9am-4:30pm in December and January
Last admission 30 minutes before closing
Admission: 510 yen
Website: http://www.matsuyamajo.jp/ (Japanese only)

How to get there

Matsuyama Castle stands on a steep hill in the center of Matsuyama and can be accessed by ropeway or chairlift. The closest tram stop to the ropeway and chairlift station is “Okaido” in front of the covered arcade, from where it is a 5 minute walk to the lower ropeway station. Okaido can be reached by tram line 5 from JR Matsuyama Station (10 minutes) or by tram line 2 or 3 from Matsuyama-shi Station (5 minutes).

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Dogo Yaya
    Address: 6-1, Dogotako-Cho, Matsuyama City, Ehime
    Phone: +81-89-907-1181
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Yaya/108156/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Dogo Onsen Dogokan
    Address: 7-26, Dogotako-Cyo, Matsuyama-Shi, Ehime
    Phone: +81-89-941-7777
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Onsen_Dogokan/10788/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Dogo Onsen Dogo Prince Hotel
    Address: 100, Dogohimezuka, Matsuyama-Shi, Ehime
    Phone: +81-89-947-5111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Matsuyama-Dogo_Onsen_Dogo_Prince_Hotel/8384/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

18. Uwajima

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Uwajima (宇和島) is a little coastal city located in southern Ehime Prefecture. It boasts some of the most peculiar sites in Japan, and is home to one of the twelve extant castles from the Edo Period (1603-1867), namely the Uwajima Castle (宇和島城). In addition, its Date Museum showcases Uwajima’s history, as well as that of the Date clan, who ruled the region for about two and half centuries.

Being a coastal city, Uwajima is an active city with sea related industries such as pearl cultivation and fishing. In fact, Uwajima is one of the top pearl producers in Japan. If you want to catch its spectacular coastal scenery, make sure to visit the waterfront around the city while enjoying some of the local specialties such as Jakoten (fish cake) and Taimeshi (a dish of rice and sea bream).

How to get there

By train from Matsuyama
Uwajima is approximately 80 minutes away from Matsuyama by limited express trains or 3 hours by local trains on the JR Yosan Line. The trip is fully covered by the Japan Railway Pass and the All Shikoku Railway Pass.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Uwajima Oriental Hotel
    Address: 6-10, Tsurushima-Cho, Uwajima, Ehime
    Phone: +81-895-23-2828
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uwajima-Uwajima_Oriental_Hotel/2352/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Hotel Clement Uwajima
    Address: 10-1, Nishiki-Cho, Uwajima, Ehime
    Phone: +81-895-23-6111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uwajima-Hotel_Clement_Uwajima/789/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Uwajima Terminal Hotel
    Address: 3-22, Tenjimmachi, Uwajima-Shi, Ehime
    Phone: +81-895-22-2280
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uwajima-Uwajima_Terminal_Hotel/9647/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

19. Uchiko

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Located about 40 km southwest of Matsuyama, Uchiko (内子) is a pleasant town, a vestige of a more rural and traditional Japan. It was once a prosperous centre concerned with paper and wax production. A preserved street of houses known as Yokaichi Old Town is where most of Uchiko’s attractions can be found. Interestingly, this street looks exactly as it did over 100 years ago, when the wealthy and prosperous were attracted to the town by the booming wax trade. Another worthwhile attraction in Uchiko is to be found just outside of its old district. Known as the Uchiko-za, it’s a full scale kabuki theatre, equipped with a rotating stage, hidden entrances, and trap doors.

How to get there

By train
The limited express train takes 25-minutes from Uchiko and Matsuyama. The local train takes about one hour.

By bus
The Iyotetsu buses from Matsuyama-shi Station to Misaki and Yawatahama Ports do stop in Uchiko along the way. The journey is approximately one hour.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Auberge Uchiko
    Address: 485-2, Otsu, Ikazaki, Uchiko-Cho, Kita-Gun, Ehime
    Phone: +81-893-44-6565
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uchiko-Auberge_Uchiko/142923/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Matsunoya
    Address: 1913, Uchiko, Uchiko-Cho Kita-Gun, Ehime
    Phone: +81-893-44-5000
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uchiko-Matsunoya/31123/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Log Tateyama
    Address: 3925, Tachiyama, Uchiko-Cho Kita-Gun, Ehime
    Phone: +81-893-45-0222
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uchiko-Log_Tateyama/67276/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

20. Tenshaen Garden

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The Tenshaen Garden (天赦園) is a lovely mid-sized Japanese garden located to the southwest of Uwajima Castle. It was built in 1866 as a recreational venue by the Date Clan who were the ruling lords at the time. The garden was designed in a way that the scenery changes according to the four seasons, and it was a favoured spot by the ruling lord to practice his calligraphy. The lord’s artistic-looking calligraphy room, Harusametei, still stands at the center of the garden today.

In front of the Harusametei is a pond in the shape of the kanji “kokoro” that means “heart”. The Harusametei is adorned with strategically placed rocks, pine trees, and stone lanterns that enhance the scenery. Wisteria flowers usually blossom around mid-April, and the garden includes an arch bridge fully lined with white wisteria flowers that spans over the pond.

The Bamboo groves are another feature of Tenshaen with around 20 varieties of bamboo trees that provide a subtle charm to the garden all year round.

Address: 1 Tenshakoen, Uwajima, Ehime
Operating Hours:
8:30am-4:30pm
8:30am-5pm from April to June
Closing Days:
Mondays from early December to end February (following day if Monday is a national holiday), December 28-31
Admission: 300 yen

How to get there

The Tenshaen Garden is located next to the Date Museum. It is a 20-30 minute walk from Uwajima Station. Alternatively, Uwajima bus operates hourly between the station and Tenshaen-mae bus stop that is just a few steps away from the garden.

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Accommodation Nearby

  1. Uwajima Oriental Hotel
    Address: 6-10, Tsurushima-Cho, Uwajima, Ehime
    Phone: +81-895-23-2828
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uwajima-Uwajima_Oriental_Hotel/2352/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  2. Uwajima Terminal Hotel
    Address: 3-22, Tenjimmachi, Uwajima-Shi, Ehime
    Phone: +81-895-22-2280
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uwajima-Uwajima_Terminal_Hotel/9647/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1
  3. Hotel Clement Uwajima
    Address: 10-1, Nishiki-Cho, Uwajima, Ehime
    Phone: +81-895-23-6111
    Website: https://travel.rakuten.com/hotel/Japan-Ehime_Prefecture-Uwajima-Hotel_Clement_Uwajima/789/?adults=2&limit=20&offset=0&rooms=1

 

Travel Books

Before you go to Japan we highly recommend you read A Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony for a better understanding of modern Japanese culture and lifestyle.

Authors: Hector Garcia

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Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of Japan. Designed to appeal to the generations of Westerners who grew up on Pokemon, manga and video games, A Geek in Japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the Internet age.

Spotlighting the originality and creativity of the Japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they’re so fond of robots, author Hector Garcia has created the perfect book for the growing ranks of Japanophiles in this inspired, insightful and highly informative guide.

 

How to move around Japan

The best way to get around Japan is by using a JR Rail Pass, a very convenient and budget-friendly way to travel throughout the country. For train route ideas and city guides, check out the Japan by Rail book.

Authors: Ramsey Zarifeh

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Practical information – planning your trip; what to take; getting to Japan from Europe, North America and Australasia

City guides and maps – where to stay (all budgets), where to eat, what to see in 30 towns and cities; historical and cultural background

Kilometer-by-kilometer route guides – covering train journeys from the coast into the mountains, from temple retreat to sprawling metropolis and from sulphurous volcano to windswept desert; 34 route maps

Railway timetables – Bullet trains and all routes in this guidebook

Plus – Customs, etiquette, Japanese phrases and 40 color photos

 

Sources:

  • https://www.jnto.go.jp
  • http://www.japanvisitor.com
  • http://www.japan-guide.com
  • http://www.tourismshikoku.org
  • https://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Attractions-g298228-Activities-c47-t17-Shikoku.html
  • http://iyokannet.jp/english/index.htm
  • http://www.my-kagawa.jp/en/
  • https://discovertokushima.net/en/
  • http://visitkochijapan.com
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikoku_Pilgrimage
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikoku#cite_note-tourism-2
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shikoku_dialect

 

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  1. S.Prathap on Oct 2, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    Japan is such a beautiful country.Japanese culture is ornate and fascinating and other attractions are just incredible.Shikoku is one of the Japan’s four main island and full of charm.It is famous pilgrimage destination where 88 temples around the island.
    Shikoku is a place for a total spiritual experience and to explore the ancient.Thank you very much for good write up about Shikoku.

  2. Anne Ong on Nov 26, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you Pastor Adeline for this beautiful article about japan. I love japan for it’s beautiful culture,history, tradtions, food and places. Thank you very much Rinpoche and blog team for this beautiful post and pictures. ???

  3. Stella Cheang on Jul 27, 2017 at 3:50 am

    Indeed, Shikoku is one of country’s least traveled to areas. Little do we know the elusive Shikoku has many things to offer. The chief characteristic of Shikoku is artistic and crafty. I especially like the Azimo dye fabric and crafts. The jewelry in Kochi and the earthy Tobeyaki wares are really enchanting! Hope that I can visit Shikoku one day. Thank you, Pastor Adeline, for this sharing.

  4. Lim Han Nee on Jul 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    The island of Shikoku is like the spiritual heart of Japan. The main reason people visit Shikoku is to go on the famous Shikoku pilgrimage which takes you round the island to visit 88 temples built by the famed Buddhist monk Kukai who in the 9th century had brought the Buddhadharma here.

    Nonetheless, there are other interesting sites and events to explore, including historical temples and museums, places of natural beauty like the Oboke and Koboke Gorges and the Iryu valley. There are mountains with lovely views and hot springs. There are also landscaped gardens and natural parks and forests to explore.

    One can also visit the Naoshima island where art has blended into the island life. There are treasured ancient historical shrines and temples like the Kotohira (Shinto) Shrine. Then if you happen to visit it on the right dates you could join the Awa Odori Festival, the most famous dance festival across Japan!

    Yes Shikoku is a place you go for a total spiritual experience, and also to explore the ancient and the modern in its culture, as well as drink in the beauty of its natural spots.

  5. Lin Mun on Jul 25, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    Wow Shikoku islands are amazingly beautiful! Not only the island offers scenic landscape but also a great pilgrimage destination where there are 88 temples around the island and an artistic town too. If given the opportunity I would love to join the pilgrimage trip, a trip to have a break from the rush in work and living in the city. I would like to visit Iya Village and Oboke and Koboke Gorge. I’m sure the hike at this place would be lovely. So nice to be near the nature and breathing clean air.

  6. Samfoonheei on Jul 22, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Wow …Japan seem to be a beautiful place afterall with so many ancient temples,shrines ,beautiful sceneries landscapes as well ancient and modern buildings to attract tourist and the locals.From sight seeing to shopping,pilgrimage to more adventurous ,treking and rafting.The island’s mountainous interior has hiking trails and rivers with whitewater rapids.
    Shikoku is one of Japan’s four main islands and is full of charm.It’s home to the 88 Sacred Temples of Shikoku, Japan’s most famous pilgrimage.It has beautiful scenery, a laidback atmosphere, friendly people and many other notable sights like the ancient castles to visit.
    Just in Shikoku itself there is so many places of attraction and Shikoku’s warm climate has plaentyful of seafoods and fruits to offer.
    Thank you Pastor Adeline for these comprehensive and well inform article on visiting Shikoku,Japan.

  7. Pastor David Lai on Jul 22, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Wow! Another ‘wonderful’ article on Japan. From the many articles on Japan, it is quite obvious of how beautiful Japan is. Japanese culture is ornate and fascinating, while the landscape is just breathtaking and the temples and other attractions are just incredible. The Japanese-level of cleanliness is evident even in pictures and renowned the world over.

    It’s neat to see how Buddhism had become so entrenched in Japanese society that temples are just everywhere. Hence, Zen Buddhism has become one of the most recognisable forms of Buddhism in the world. Although it originated in China but it has taken on a rather Japanese flavor in its vocabulary, style and approach. All of these can be seen in the numerous temples that are strewn all over Japan, both big and small.

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  • S.Prathap
    Thursday, Aug 6. 2020 01:13 AM
    Meditation is suitable for everyone from kids to the elderly or those in their prime and in pursuit of all the wealth (material and spiritual) life has to offer. It is an exciting journey of discovery that is extremely rewarding.
    Being in nature have so much to offer to someone who wants to be engaged in meditation.Thank you very much for the good article.
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 04:32 PM
    Thank you for wonderful information sharing on healing with herbs. The effect of plant based herbs incense has great benefits and much more safer. It’s amazing to discover
    the natural qualities keeps us healthier and prevent us from various illness.

    I loved to have sandalwood for my prayer offering it’s so much soothing and keeps the environment calms and relax.


    https://bit.ly/2PnhiHD
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:48 PM
    Beautiful pictures taken during H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche’s Parinirvana Ceremony . I am fortunate to be there , volunteering , joining most of all the following pujas. It once a life time able to witness a Tibetan Parinirvana Ceremony with a heavy heart .
    Thank you writer teams for this beautiful write up and great pictures shared. Looking at those pictures have me recalling the great moments at Kechara Forest Retreat at that very moment. It paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/gallery/album-kyabje-tsem-rinpoches-parinirvana-ceremony.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 03:44 PM
    Interesting as Tsem Rinpoche called it as BIZARRE beings. Well I have not heard of some the names such as chupacabra, Ebu Gogo, Springheel Jack and so forth. Spring-heeled Jack is an entity in English folklore of the Victorian era. Wow ….sound interesting. For decades, Spring-heeled Jack name was equated with the bogeyman. Its as a means of scaring people as some said he was demon who would leap up unnaturally high. Another interesting bizarre beings is shadow people who is a shadowy spiritual beings long been a staple of folklore. Stories of these supernatural entities have spanned centuries and cultures. They are some of the most mysterious entities in the known universe. As reported those who saw the shadowy intruders were scare to death as if they had died in their sleep. The Beast of Bray Road is another scary creature of Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Its a hairy humanoid with canine features standing on two legs and can resemble a bear. All those cryptozoological creatures mentioned in this article were indeed real or just folklore. Whether they do exist in this century , no one be sure. But definitely they do decades ago as recorded. There are many unknown out in the universe.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this interesting sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/science-mysteries/bizarre-cryptids.html
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Aug 5. 2020 01:08 AM
    We should consider changing our diet and lifestyle to one that gives the minimum negative impact on our environment, we are responsible to give our future generation a better place to live.
    This article show the designers have seriously consider to make this easily available to more everywhere with affordable price; and make cities around the world greener, more self sustainable and the city people healthier.
  • sarassitham
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 06:45 PM
    A beautiful explanation how to gain merits through devotion. In its purest form, religion can inspire people to serve the welfare of others. An inspiring article how to learn to transform a better living by our action and deeds.

    Thank you for your wonderful thoughts of sharing these powerful teaching on how to find the hidden truth of the golden path of life to be more meaningful with sincere faith.

    http://bitly.ws/9f5H
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:15 PM
    No words can describe of us losing our Lama and enlightened Guru, H.E. the 25th Tsem Rinpoche. I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of our Lama as just a moment ago last July , we had an audience and met our Lama , which indeed my very first time . Even though its just moment to me its like a long moment which I remembered each and every words of encouragement our Lama told me. Our Lama was such a kind, generous, compassionate gentle soul whom he would do anything to help improve our lives and had made a difference in my life and so many lives. Where lives pass, memories carry on forever. I will cherish the great memories I have with our Lama.
    Throughout Rinpoche’s life, his was a voice for the millions of people. The Parinirvana of H.E. Kyabje Tsem Rinpoche, the world has lost a great Lama, whose steadfast and unflinching determination played a key role in trying to secure the lifting of Dorje Shugden’s ban. Tsem Rinpoche was known for his great compassion, tremendous generosity and extraordinary thoughtfulness. Everything Tsem Rinpoche did was merely to benefit others. May Tsem Rinpoche have a swift reincarnation .
    We will always hold our Lama close in our thoughts.
    Thank you writers team for this wonderful sharing. … beautiful pictures paints a thousand words.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/me/the-parinirvana-of-kyabje-tsem-rinpoche.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Tuesday, Aug 4. 2020 04:13 PM
    Glenn Mullin is a world well known Buddhist author, translator, scholar, speaker, lecturer and teacher. He is the author of many books on Tibetan Buddhism, many of which have been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Many of these focus on the lives and works of the early Dalai Lamas. In one of his book A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation of the Fourteen Dalai Lamas he mentioned that Dorje Shugden was a pervasive practice spreading among the Gelugpa tradition for hundred of years. Many highly attained lamas had been relying on Dorje Shugden and the practice been passed down to thousands in the Gelugpa world. It is not a minor practice after all and in fact Dorje Shugden is a major practice in the world as in history has been proved that the practice is beneficial. Religious freedom should be allow for one who choose what one would pray to. But due to the restriction by the Tibetan leadership , the practice been ban. Politics should not have interfere with religion. May the ban be over soon.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/glenn-mullin-on-tulku-drakpa-gyeltsen.html
  • S.Prathap
    Monday, Aug 3. 2020 12:49 PM
    There are immense benefits of making offerings to the Sangha, and a great opportunity for oneself to practice giving and generosity..Thank you very much for sharing this article that explains the benefits of making offerings to the sangha community.


    https://bit.ly/30lYluV
  • Lin Mun
    Friday, Jul 31. 2020 02:21 PM
    Thank you Pastor Niral for sharing this article. I do come across people would like to highlight or even fight which God or religion is greater or more powerful. What do they want to achieve or have in mind? Of course people would like to believe their God or religion is the best which is totally fine. However, it is not right when they impose their belief on others and start giving negative comments to change our perception when they know nothing about our belief. Ultimately whatever religion or God we believe in , we should be promoting peace, harmony and love. Arguing will not bring positive impact. Respect everyone’s choice.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/one-minute-story/whose-version-of-god-is-right
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:28 PM
    The Mahabodhi Temple is a religious site in India which marks the spot where the Buddha first attained enlightenment. It’s one of the most sacred sites in all of Buddhism built around 260 BCE . Bodhgaya in Bihar is the heart and birthplace of Buddhism . The Mahabodhi Temple was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The peace of the Bodhgaya Temple welcomes all races and it has attracted hundred thousands of pilgrims yearly as well as architecture enthusiast. The main Mahabodhi Temple complex is home to the legendary Bodhi Tree and as well as the temple itself. Walking around following Buddha ‘s footsteps to discover several places of spiritual significance around the temple. Worth going and a must place for pilgrims.
    Thank you Rinpoche for this sharing.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/buddha-at-mahabodhi-temple-bodhgaya.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:26 PM
    Precious teachings from Tilopa to Naropa, still trying to understand it . Simple in the verses, but there is a lot of meaning behind each and every words. I have been reading over and over again to understand more of Tilopa’s Mahamudra instruction to Naropa in twenty eight verses.
    Thank you Rinpoche for sharing these 28 verses with us.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/28-amazing-verses.html
  • Samfoonheei
    Thursday, Jul 30. 2020 02:23 PM
    Prayer wheels are used by many Tibetans everyday, sometimes for hours on end. Worshippers turn prayer wheels to accumulate merit, to help all beings in the world and to purify their karma . They are part of a meditation practice. Prayer wheels are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning a prayer wheel is … By spinning the wheel clockwise and focusing on the mantra, prayer wheels are used to purify negative energy and accumulate good karma and wisdom. Prayer wheels are devices for spreading spiritual blessings and well being. According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, spinning a prayer wheel is just as effective as reciting the sacred texts aloud.
    Kechara have come up with a special and unique prayer wheels which are filled with the mantra of Buddha Vajrayogini. They are made according to traditional methods. With Buddha Vajrayogini holy mantra also creates an extremely strong connection with this divine lady. Wow…our Lama personally blessed and consecrated the prayer wheels with sacred and powerful rituals,
    Thank you Rinpoche for creating these prayer wheels.

    https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/tsem-tulku-rinpoche/buddhas-dharma/kecharas-vajrayogini-prayer-wheels.html
  • sarassitham
    Wednesday, Jul 29. 2020 11:28 PM
    You’ve known this is important, but it takes time for all of us to understand the nature essential of dharma. If one is following their dharma, they are pursuing their truest calling, serving all other beings in the universe by playing their true role.

    I’m very much grateful to meet a precious Guru like u…Though i haven’t seen you in person, I believe you have been a great guidance to many out there. Thank you for article sharing.

    https://bit.ly/3fbYIN4
  • S.Prathap
    Wednesday, Jul 29. 2020 03:30 PM
    A very good idea as more and more people realized the harmful effect of household waste. Its seems that the reusing trend continues to gain steam in more countries all over the globe.

    Great idea to sell things for Eco-friendly environment.ReTuna is taking up the responsibility as the citizen of planet earth to do what they can to protect our environment.Thank you very much for this good sharing.


    https://bit.ly/3f8HeRy

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According to legend, Shambhala is a place where wisdom and love reign, and there is no crime. Doesn't this sound like the kind of place all of us would love to live in? https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=204874
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108 candles and sang (incense) offered at our Wish-Fulfilling Grotto, invoking Dorje Shugden's blessings for friends, sponsors and supporters, wonderful!
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Dharmapalas are not exclusive to Tibetan culture and their practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world - https://www.tsemrinpoche.com/?p=193645
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One of our adorable Kechara Forest Retreat's doggies, Tara, happy and safe, and enjoying herself in front of Wisdom Hall which has been decorated for Chinese New Year
Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
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Fragrant organic Thai basil harvested from our very own Kechara Forest Retreat farm!
On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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On behalf of our Puja House team, Pastor Tat Ming receives food and drinks from Rinpoche. Rinpoche wanted to make sure the hardworking Puja House team are always taken care of.
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By the time I heard about Luang Phor Thong, he was already very old, in his late 80s. When I heard about him, I immediately wanted to go and pay my respects to him. - http://bit.ly/LuangPhorThong
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Kechara Forest Retreat is preparing for the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations. This is our holy Vajra Yogini stupa which is now surrounded by beautiful lanterns organised by our students.
One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
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One of the most recent harvests from our Kechara Forest Retreat land. It was grown free of chemicals and pesticides, wonderful!
Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Third picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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Second picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal.
Height: 33ft (10m)
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First picture-Standing Manjushri Statue at Chowar, Kirtipur, Nepal. Height: 33ft (10m)
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The first title published by Kechara Comics is Karuna Finds A Way. It tells the tale of high-school sweethearts Karuna and Adam who had what some would call the dream life. Everything was going great for them until one day when reality came knocking on their door. Caught in a surprise swindle, this loving family who never harmed anyone found themselves out of luck and down on their fortune. Determined to save her family, Karuna goes all out to find a solution. See what she does- https://bit.ly/2LSKuWo
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At Kechara Forest Retreat land we have nice fresh spinach growing free of chemicals and pesticides. Yes!
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See beautiful pictures of Manjushri Guest House here- https://bit.ly/2WGo0ti
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Beginner’s Introduction to Dorje Shugden~Very good overview https://bit.ly/2QQNfYv
Fresh eggplants grown on Kechara Forest Retreat\'s land here in Malaysia
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Mahapajapati Gotami – the first Buddhist nun ordained by Lord Buddha- https://bit.ly/2IjD8ru
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha.
Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha\'s mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
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Mahapajapati Gotami, who was the first nun ordained by Lord Buddha. She was his step-mother and aunt. Buddha's mother had passed away at his birth so he was raised by Gotami.
Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha\'s. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
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Another nun disciple of Lord Buddha's. She had achieved great spiritual abilities and high attainments. She would be a proper object of refuge. This image of the eminent bhikkhuni (nun) disciple of the Buddha, Uppalavanna Theri.
Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
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Wandering Ascetic Painting by Nirdesha Munasinghe
High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
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High Sri Lankan monks visit Kechara to bless our land, temple, Buddha and Dorje Shugden images. They were very kind-see pictures- https://bit.ly/2HQie2M
This is pretty amazing!

First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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This is pretty amazing! First Sri Lankan Buddhist temple opened in Dubai!!!
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Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
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My Dharma boy (left) and Oser girl loves to laze around on the veranda in the mornings. They enjoy all the trees, grass and relaxing under the hot sun. Sunbathing is a favorite daily activity. I care about these two doggies of mine very much and I enjoy seeing them happy. They are with me always. Tsem Rinpoche Always be kind to animals and eat vegetarian- https://bit.ly/2Psp8h2
After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can\'t stop thinking of you and I can\'t forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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After you left me Mumu, I was alone. I have no family or kin. You were my family. I can't stop thinking of you and I can't forget you. My bond and connection with you is so strong. I wish you were by my side. Tsem Rinpoche
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This story is a life-changer. Learn about the incredible Forest Man of India | 印度“森林之子”- https://bit.ly/2Eh4vRS
Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 2-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
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Part 1-Beautiful billboard in Malaysia of a powerful Tibetan hero whose life serves as a great inspiration- https://bit.ly/2UltNE4
The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The great Protector Manjushri Dorje Shugden depicted in the beautiful Mongolian style. To download a high resolution file: https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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The Mystical land of Shambhala is finally ready for everyone to feast their eyes and be blessed. A beautiful post with information, art work, history, spirituality and a beautiful book composed by His Holiness the 6th Panchen Rinpoche. ~ https://bit.ly/309MHBi
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Beautiful pictures of the huge Buddha in Longkou Nanshan- https://bit.ly/2LsBxVb
The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
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The reason-Very interesting thought- https://bit.ly/2V7VT5r
NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
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NEW Bigfoot cafe in Malaysia! Food is delicious!- https://bit.ly/2VxdGau
DON\'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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DON'T MISS THIS!~How brave Bonnie survived by living with a herd of deer~ https://bit.ly/2Lre2eY
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Global Superpower China Will Cut Meat Consumption by 50%! Very interesting, find out more- https://bit.ly/2V1sJFh
You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
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You can download this beautiful Egyptian style Dorje Shugden Free- https://bit.ly/2Nt3FHz
Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
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Beautiful high file for print of Lord Manjushri. May you be blessed- https://bit.ly/2V8mwZe
Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Mongolian (Oymiakon) Shaman in Siberia, Russia. That is his real outfit he wears. Very unique. TR
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thanks to the effort of our outstation team, we were able to mobilise food provisions to 600 families living in Kelantan, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka and Johor during the Raya period with each of these families receiving RM200 worth of provisions. Adding onto the current 368 families in Klang Valley, a total of 968 families were benefitted from this. Special thanks to the sponsors who have contributed especially Hong Leong Foundation and partially from Tesco Malaysia (where we also ordered the provisions from). ~ Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
2 months ago
So glad that our soup kitchen operations are back in full swing. Good to see the clients are observing the SOPs. Some of them lost their job during MCO and ended up on the streets. Special thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for the great support! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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From serving cooked food to the homeless clients on the streets to mobilising provisions to the needy individuals in PPRs and shelters, we thank everyone of our Johor Bahru team for their kind contributions and effort to make it for the needy despite all the challenges! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
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More photos taken from our "Hari Raya Hampers" distribution this week. Making sure everyone of our clients have something to be cheerful about. Apart from food, daily used items such as hygiene products, kitchen utensils, assorted fabric items, stationary items and toys were also included into our hamper bags making it extra heavier this month! Food items alone were about 35kg per family! Taking this opportunity to wish everyone of our Muslim volunteers, friends, supporters and clients a Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Maaf Zahir Batin. No doubt this year's celebration will be very different but appreciate everyone is safe and protected from the pandemic. We are in this together and let's work to fight this pandemic together! Thanking all sponsors and donors for the generous support enabling us to continue serve the needy with food, love and care. Big shoutout too to our wonderful team which already depleted by our very own strict SOP. All of you who worked tirelessly behind the s
Our team have been working extra hours for the past few weeks to deliver provisions and hamper goodies to the needy families before Hari Raya! Heart warming to see the smiling faces of our recipients upon receiving 3 bags full of food and daily used items. Thanks to everyone of you who have contributed to our foodbank enabling us to give all our recipients (especially those celebrating) a Raya to remember! - Vivian @ Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Thankful to all donors and those who have been committed in contributing not just money but time over the past testing weeks to help us ease the work of our frontliners and also the livelihood of the needy, their struggles over this pandemic period seemed a little easier to bear with because of your contributions! - Vivian @Kechara Soup Kitchen
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Seen here is Bam, Vajrayogini’s seed syllable and also Kechara's logo. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: More melted butter was offered. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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H.E. Zawa Rinpoche in deep concentration. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Geshela is seen here wearing ceremonial hat called tsoksha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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The Shize Fire Puja was performed according to scriptural sources. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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To find out more about the substances offered during jinsek/fire puja, have a read here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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More about the symbolism of the offering items here: http://bit.ly/WhatIsFirePuja - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
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Amongst all pujas, the fire puja is considered the king of all Pujas. It is the most powerful of all pujas within Tibetan Buddhism and its purpose is basically to remove all obstacles and its stains to enlightenment.
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Graceful hand mudras were also part of the ritual. - shared Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: One by one the offering substances were offered accompanied by traditional Tibetan recitations. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: JP Thong ensuring that Geshela's ritual items are within easy reach. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor David Lai & Frederick Law were also on hand to assist with the puja ritual substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Pastor Niral Patel assisting H.E. Zawa Rinpoche during the puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Peaceful fire pujas are excellent to remove inauspiciousness, problems that might be coming to our lifespan, wisdom, wealth, growth of Dharma. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Over 100 Kecharians & their loved ones spent the Sunday evening immersed in this obstacle pacifying puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Dakpa and Geshe Janchup Gyaltsen Lama inspecting the offering substances. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: H.E. Zawa Rinpoche & Geshe Janchup making last minute checks before the commencement of the Jinsek or Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The arrival of the Sangha conducting this sacred puja accompanied by Changtso Beng Kooi and Pastor Niral Patel - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
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Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: The site of the Peaceful Fire Puja the calls upon the pacifying energies of Shize Shugden. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: A close-up of the ladle. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Substances such as sticks, melted butter, kusha grass, lentils and barley were traditionally offered during the prayers to create the causes for merits, long life and to pacify obstacles. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Beautifully handcrafted torma or food offering to the Buddha. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja: Some of the many offering items & substances used during this highly blessed Fire Puja. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
5 months ago
Highlights from the Shize Peaceful Fire Puja in Kechara Forest Retreat: A special mandala at the base where the fire puja ritual was conducted. - shared by Pastor Antoinette
Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
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Kechara Earth Project (KEP) 8/3/2020
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
5 months ago
Dear Kecharians and friends, We are pleased to announce that as part of the preparations for H.E. Tsem Rinpoche's reliquary stupas and incarnation chapel, mantra rolling sessions have begun in Kechara Forest Retreat. We are calling for volunteers to join us in this holy activity. DATE Daily starting 5th March 2020 until further notice TIME (1) Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday - 10am to 10pm (2) Thursday & Sunday - 10am to 6pm VENUE Art Studio (Kechara Saraswati Arts) Kechara Forest Retreat If you're interested, kindly contact: Wong Yew Kien 012-3717896 or Karen Chong 012-7710289 We look forward to seeing you soon!
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United Arab Emirates 110,884
Russia 97,591
Sri Lanka 92,609
Romania 90,362
Hong Kong 89,635
South Africa 85,840
Mexico 80,883
Myanmar (Burma) 75,628
New Zealand 74,070
Switzerland 70,659
Japan 69,993
China 64,992
South Korea 61,853
Cambodia 61,256
Pakistan 57,880
Bangladesh 56,195
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