The Shikoku 88-temple pilgrimage follows the footsteps of Buddhist priest Kuukai (Kobo Daishi), who was born 1200 years ago in present-day Kagawa Prefecture. Pilgrims (henro) follow the path in distinctive white garb and bamboo hats. Recently young people, looking for peace of mind more than spiritual healing, have set out on the route. Kagawa Prefecture is home to 22 of the temples on the route, from number 67, Daikouji, to number 88, Ookuboji.
Zentsuuji is most famous for being the birthplace of Kobo Daishi (Kuukai), and is also the organizational headquarters for Shingon Buddhism. The grounds of the temple contain a 45 meter tall five-story pagoda, and many historical buildings ranked as national treasures.
Located in Sanuki City this temple is number 88, the last on Shikoku’s pilgrim route. Though nearby parking lots have recently enabled access by car, the route used to be a very difficult one through 18km of foothills. Pilgrims arriving here reflect on their long journey, looking back on their memories and experiences. The temple grounds are lined with pilgrims' staffs (used as walking sticks on the route) and the crutches of those who have recovered from illness.