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Basically, white clothes are used. (If you wish to simplify a little, you may wear a white coat and a collar on top of your clothes, and white shoes.)
Be sure to carry a bag and carry a cane, a rosary and a book of temple stamps (Nokyouchou).
If you are visiting with clothes, you should wear the white robe with “Namu Daishi Henjō Kongō” and wear the coat bearing the master’s name.
By wearing the pilgrim’s vestment, the feelings and attitudes of visiting are quite different.


“Ajirogasa” / “Sugegasa”

Ajirogasa” / “Sugegasa

It protects the head from sunlight and wind and rain. On the sedge hat are the phrases, “Mayouga-Yueni Sankaiha-Shiro” (Because you are imprisoned by desires, you cannot escape from the three realms), “Satoruga-Yueni Juppouha-Kuu” (When you arrive at your enlightenment you will see a world that is free and peaceful.), “Honrai Touzai-Nashi” (In the original world there was no such thing as East or West. These things were decided by men.), “Izukonika Nanboku-Aran” (Because there is no such thing as South or North, abandon your worry and live free”, and “Dougyou Ninin” (Two are walking together), and a Sanskrit character that represents O-Daishi-sama are written. Generally, we keep the Sanskrit character at the front. There are also accessories to cover the sedge hat and also a chin strap.

“Sode-nashi” (sleeveless) white pilgrim coat


It is mainly used for summer, but can be worn over winter jackets.

“Hakue” / “Oizuru”

Hakue” / “Oizuru

For those who receive a red seal on a white robe, prepare two pieces of clothing: a roadside robe (the one you wear) and a robe (the one you receive the red seal). When traveling to the Pure Land, it is also a pass to the Pure Land to guide the master. Please bring them one by one.



The number, temple name, and song of each temple are pre-printed to make it easier to stamp red marks on common white robes.

It is mainly used for red stamps, but you can wear it without any problems.

Kongo walking stick

Kongo walking stick

Since ancient times, the Kongo staff has been thought of as a symbol of the master (the Daishi himself) that has helped him walk along the way. It will be a spiritual support along the way. Also, there is a custom that one does not use a cane on the bridge.
There is a cane holder in each fudasho, so let’s put our canes in the place so as not to bother other worshipers.



When you visit the Buddha, you should wear a “kesa” with a robe. (The photo is a “kesa”)
It is common for you to wear a monk’s stole.There are many types of “kesa”, so it would be advisable to get guidance from a sacred place



Ring-shaped closure A metal fitting that easily secures the collar to the white coat.
The left side of the photo is fastened at the front and the right side is fastened at the collar.



Also called rosary. As with the robe, be sure to bring it when visiting the Buddha.
There are many types of rosary, so it is preferable to receive guidance from the sacred ground



A bag that holds rosary beads when you carry them, and also serves as a protection. If you put them in, they won’t get tangled in the bag and it won’t be damaged.



To do a pilgrimage is to dedicate the sutra to the principle deity and master of each temple.
Don’t forget to bring your sutra book.Rei, tin



A bag used during your pilgrimage. Also called a Sanya bag. You can put things you need to visit, such as a temple stamp book and a sutra book.

“Jirei” Bell “Rei”- “Suzu”

“Jirei”   Bell “Rei”- “Suzu”

Attach it to a bag or cane during the pilgrimage. The tone plays the role of a demon. In particular, the pilgrimage of the walking pilgrimage has the role of identifying you of your existence on mountain trails. Today, the sound of the bell is synonymous with pilgrimage.

Name Slips (Osamefuda)

Name Slips (Osamefuda)

When you visit each sacred place, the color changes depending on how many times you visit the Shikoku sacred sites. Colors are 1 to 4 rounds: white, 5 to 6 rounds: green, 7 to 24 rounds: red, 25 to 49 rounds: silver, and 50 to 99 rounds: gold. Since it comes in a bundle, it is a good idea to fill in your address, name, and wish in advance, and enter the date when you visit. There is also a custom from ancient times that one gives one as a thank-you when pilgrims receive favours on the way. * Please note that it is not good manners to pick up your slips from or look into the “Osamefuda” box.

Brocaded “Osamefuda”

Brocaded “Osamefuda”

An “osamefuda” used by a pilgrim who has traveled through the Shikoku sacred sites for more than 100 times around, and the usage is the same as the other “osamefuda”. However, these Brocaded “Osamefuda” bills are not on the market and many are custom-made. In particular, when you receive a Brocaded “Osamefuda” bill, it is said that you can have the same merit as visiting the Shikoku area, and it has been useful since ancient times. * Please note that it is not good manners to pick up your slips and look into the “Osamefuda” box.

Wallet (Osamefudire)

Wallet (Osamefudire)

This is a bag for putting bills. If you put it, it will not fall apart in your bag.
It can also be used as an image of the Buddha.

“Omie”, “Osugata”, black and white, colored

“Omie”, “Osugata”, black and white, colored
“Omie”, “Osugata”, black and white, colored

The black-and-white image is a slip on which the main principle of each temple that can be paid on the payment book and the payment axis are drawn. A colored image is given separately at each temple for 200 yen. If you only want a black and white image, you can receive it for 100 yen. Once collected, they can be stored in a special container or decorated within a frame. If you go around many times, they may be handed over to people around you or placed in a coffiin at a funeral. The image of the Daishi-sama is placed at the center of the display and is given by the sacred hall.

Mikage (image) book

Mikage (image) book

This is a dedicated container for storing the black and white images (forms) awarded upon receipt of the payment and the colored images (forms) you have requested.
If you put them in these containers, they will not easily dissipate and will not easily get dirty.
* When you receive an image, please do not put it in a container on the spot, but put it in a place that does not interfere with other worshipers in line.

Portable wooden fish, sound tree (Keitaimokugyo, Ongi)

Portable wooden fish, sound tree (Keitaimokugyo, Ongi)

It is intended to keep tone and rhythm for reading, and when multiple people visit, the sutras to be chanted will be aligned and sound beautiful.

Journey candles, incense sticks, etc.

Journey candles, incense sticks, etc.

Incense sticks and candles to be offered to Buddha and Daishi during the pilgrimage. Also, if you put it in a container as shown in the picture when you visit, you can quickly take it out when you need them.
When offering an incense stick, it is not preferable to not put used matches in Koro. Koro is a place for Buddha and Daishi.

Account book “Noukyouchou”

Account book “Noukyouchou”

The “Noukyouchou” book is a proof of chanting (the sutra) at the main temple and the Daishido temple in each sacred place. It is not a stamp book, so please receive it with your heart. Also, it will be a talisman for your whole life.。

Stamp book (one circuit, double stamp)

Stamp book (one circuit, double stamp)

In the Shikoku pilgrimage, not only once, but also the “red seal”, and every time you visit, only the second and third times, only the treasure stamp, will be in the same notebook as shown below. You use the same “Noukyouchou” each time.

“Reijoukai Youshi”

Reijoukai Youshi

Account book (one lap, multiple stamps)
Each sacred place wrote in advance on a special form issued by the sacred society. (Reijoukai). If you do not have an account book (Noukyochou), you can also use this form for payment.
Once you have collected all, you have a complete format so you can make a beautiful book.
* Bookbinding is not always necessary.



It is a bag for storing sutras and rosary, and also serves as protection. If you put things in, they won’t get tangled in the bag and it won’t be damaged.

Scrolls “Noukyoujiku”

Scrolls “Noukyoujiku”

It is a scroll that accounts for visits to the main hall and Daishido of each temple and receives a treasure stamp that can be awarded at the temple office. In the case of the shaft, it will be fine if you finish all the visits and finish the surface (shaft / frame). Please tell us carefully as many keep them as heirlooms of the last generation for descendants.

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Reading method


During the pilgrimage, we will dedicate sutras (by reading sutras, copying sutras, etc.) to the principal (Hondo or Kondo) and Daishi (Daishido) at each of the temples. The Sacred Place recommends the following services


Gasshou raihai

With your hands together in front of your chest bow and chant, “uyauyashikumihotoke o reihai shi tatematsuru”.


(Opening Chant of the sutra) Recite once.


(Sangenomon) Recite once.


(Sanki – Sankyou) – Recite three times for each.


(Juuzenkai) – Recite three times.


(Hotsubodaishinshingon) – Recite three times.


(Sanmayakaishingon) – Recite three times.


(Hannyashingyou) – Recite once.




(Koumyoushingon) – Recite three times.


(Gohougou) – Recite three times.


(Ekoumon) – Recite once.


(Gasshouraihai) say, “Arigoatougozaimasu” and do “Gasshou” together with a bow.

About “Go-eika” and “Go-wasan” (“Pilgrims song” and “Japanese hymn”)

We also recommend that you sing “Go-eika” to praise each of the deities and “Go-wasan” for the Daishi.
By singing songs and chanting, the understanding of each place and the master will be deeper.
When singing, it is appropriate to follow “Kyomitsu Shingon” (Mantra of Light).
Since Daishi works at Daishido, the essence of the god is omitted, so we will omit the “Honzon Shingon” as it is described above.

Worship method

hand washing place

1. at Sanmon (Niomon)

Sanmon (Niomon)

At the gate (Niomon), go to the temple, bow, and enter within. The inside of the gate (the precincts) is the sanctuary of the Buddha. Let’s do this with the thought of visiting the Buddha.

2. cleanse yourself

washing place

Cleanse yourself at a hand washing place (not a toilet). Washing your hands and rinsing your mouth is an act of cleansing the outside and inside of your body. Apply water in the order of left hand → right hand, rinse your mouth with the water you received with your left hand, and rinse the remaining water through the handle of the ladle.

3. sound the bell

sound the bell

The bell is also used as a signal before worshiping, so it is best to ask before visiting if it can be freely used. It is best to strike the bell once before worship. Even if you forget to sound the, you will not be inconsistent when you return there. The reason for this is that the “outing bell” (deru-gane) can also be called “withdrawal”, so it does no injury or offense, and the bell that sends the dead is also called “de-gane”. The bell is not just a loud sound, but a sound that is delivered to the Buddha. Rather than hitting the bell inadvertently, and that the tone is within a reasonable range and tone, after it rings out hold the rope so that it does not fall down and rattle against the bell.

4. Go to the main hall

Heading to the main hall, we go offering candles, incense, name slips, strike the bells, offer money, worship, and dedicate sutras (reading and copying). It is preferable for the sutra to be directed to a sacred place (a fudasho or a temple. Offerings are stored in the front of the hall, and name slips are put in the name slip box. Let’s put the sutra fee together with the money in the money box of each hall.

Worship scenery

5. Go to Daishido

In the same way as the main hall, you will be offering candles, incense, paying bills, hitting bells, paying money, worshiping, and dedicating sutras (reading, copying, etc.). Since Daishi is the principal in charge of his work at Daishido, we will omit the “Go-honzon shingon” from his duty. After the main hall and Daishi have been visited, there is time to spare, and if there is another hall, we will visit them at will.

6. At the Noukyoujo


When the worship is over, you will receive a stamp at the bank. At the same time, you will also receive an image of the main shrine of each temple. As a general rule, after reading through at the various temples, you will receive a stamps at the noukyoujo. However, if the delivery time is just before the closing time, the order will be reversed, but you can tell the reason to the cemetery (the fudasho) and receive stamps before reading.

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7. at Sanmon (Niomon)

at Sanmon (Niomon)

At the gate (Niomon), go out of the grounds with a bow. Let’s do it with appreciation for the fact that your relationship with the Buddha has been established.

Other things to watch out for

* If you place incense sticks in the center as much as possible and candles at the top, it will not interfere with those who come later. Also, don’t put any unburned matches in the incense when you burn the incense sticks. An incense burner is a place where incense sticks are offered to Buddha and Daishi. Refrain from putting incense sticks in advance with a resinous tape such as cellophane tape. The fire goes out at the place where it is put together, and the incense sticks always burn, which hinders those who come later.

* It is not recommended to take the above-mentioned items home from the site. They are provided to the Buddha and the Daishi. You can ask for something that you need along the way, or ask for it at the noukyoujo, etc.

Understanding Pilgrimage

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What is the understanding of pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is an act of journeying through the entire Shikoku area based on the 88 sacred sites in Shikoku. All eighty-eight temples have a long history and are said to have a long history with Daishi (Kobo Daishi). The master was trained in Shikoku, and is his birthplace. So we think about our own way of living, are asked for what we believe to be ideal, and want to convey this to as many people as possible, even as we struggle.
The master was emphasizing about the spiritual protection of the state and promoting national welfare for all, and the ideal was to make people happy and prosperous. Each of us was also encouraged to strive for a way of life that fully utilizes our abilities and talents. It is a pilgrimage that walks along the master’s trail.
The pilgrimage is also an act of seeking mental change. Even if you don’t think deeply, it is said that as you go around to the temples, your mind will change. It is not required that you read difficult books, interpret difficult scriptures, and suffer penalties that ordinary people do not. However, the act of pilgrimage to a the sacred place is an act of personal secession from the world to a sanctuary temporarily, and there are various manners and rules. Before moving on to further action, it is certain that the pilgrimage will deepen further if you keep in mind the significance of your mind and actions. Since ancient times, it has been said that “prayer” is important in pilgrimage. Please pray for your deity and the master.

At the fudasho and as you travel

Each fudasho in the Shikoku 88 sacred places has a pilgrimage temple and a local Buddhist temple. In addition, the pilgrims have strict eyes to see the temples in fudasho and the surrounding residents as “ascetics”. For this reason, the facilities dedicated to pilgrims are the minimum necessary, and have traditionally been maintained today by the good intentions of temples and local residents. The facilities have been improved a lot compared to the past, but please understand how to behave even when there are no signs just like at a tourist spot. “Make sure you don’t make the facilities dirty when you use the toilet,” “Do not use your car horn or make loud engine sounds in the early morning,” or “Don’t throw waste paper and empty cans on the road.” Defend your pilgrimage. The people of Shikoku have call the pilgrims as “Ohenro-san”, respect them, and warm up to them because they have seen their dedication to the master and are being trained hard. Please travel the pilgrimage with a moderate and gentle heart.

About “Noukyou” (book of temple stamps)

book of temple stamps

The “Noukyou” (with red seals) is a dedication of the principal deity and the Daishi at each fudasho (reading and copying sutras) and a (sign) that connects them. That’s why it is called “Noukyou”. Please make payments at the office after dedicating the sutras to the principal deity and the master.
It is also the intention to pilgrims that they the protection of the principal deities and the master of each fudasho. Please accept them when you visit.
* The time for accepting payment is basically from 7am to 5pm.
*As a general rule, payments should be made at the account office after the dedication to the principal deity and the master. However, if the delivery time is just before closing, the order will be reversed, but please tell the reason to each sacred place.
* Please understand that it is not a commemorative stamp.
* There may be cases where payment is not possible for items other than those specified.
* It is called a double stamp on the stamp book. Each time you visit, you will receive a treasure stamp on the same stamp book twice or three times.
* In spring and autumn, the office may be crowded. Please arrive with enough time.
* Although we do not close all year round, please be aware that there are some dangerous places along the road as the sun sets earlier in winter.

Click here for information on the stamp book, scrolls, and pilgrim jacket.
Please see here for how to read.

About divine spirits/ Ogata (Omie / Osuga)

Each person who receives a payment (red stamp) on the stamp book or scroll will be awarded a shadow.
Please treat it carefully as it is a copy (shadow) of the main treasures of each bill office.
If you have performed a lot of pilgrimages, you can decline to accept.
* No shadow is awarded for the treasure stamp on the white coat.
* There is also a colored shadow. Asked at 200 yen per person.
* The shadow of the master who is placed at the center of the display is awarded by the office administration.
* If you only want a black and white figure, you will be asked for 100 yen.

Please check here for details about coloring.

Ogata (Omie / Osuga)

The Ten Good Commandments

These ten good commandments have been referred to as a pilgrimage code of conduct since ancient times.
It is a commandment for safe driving in your life by not stepping on the accelerator too much, applying too much brake, and making the accelerator and brake operate moderately.
I hope that these ten good commandments will be sung (declared) in front of the treasures of each temple and the master, and that people will strive to do good things on their own, and hope to be changed by the pilgrimage.

Ten good commandments

1. Oppose killing
Value life and all lives.
2. Oppose theft
Don’t steal things, take care of others.
3. Oppose licentiousness
Sex is precious and think about sex with moderation.
4. Oppose falsehood
Don’t lie, try to speak the truth.
5. Oppose overstatement
Do not speak fictional words, speak true words that do not embellish.
6. Oppose speaking ill
Don’t speak badly, talk with the other person in a caring way.
7. Oppose double-dealing
Talk to everyone with a warm feeling, do not mislead.
8. Oppose stinginess
Spend in gratitude without greed and resentment.
9. Oppose anger
Suppress anger, calm down, and maintain a gentle feeling.
10. Oppose Injustice
Rid yourself of wrong thoughts and treat everyone with peace.

About Shukubo

Make sure to check and make a reservation before using.
* At Shukubo, accommodation costs are kept as low as possible for the convenience of pilgrims.
* There are some inconveniences here compared to hotels and inns.
* Shukubo was also built through donations. Let’s use the facility carefully.

About car pilgrimage

Let’s arrange ourselves for the pilgrimage from the parking lot. When you stand in front of the temple gate, Niomon, it is important to prepare yourself to be in the sanctuary, which is the basis of the pilgrimage.


Pilgrims are companions with each other. When we go to and from other places, we want to be silent and think about the other party’s safety.