Budget

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Of course, the budget would differ so much based on the way you plan to do Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage. However, it’s quite obvious that the largest part of the budget will be accommodation fee. So if you plan to do the Pilgrimage in nice season with solo-camping capability, then you may reduce the total cost a lot. On the other hand, you may want to stay in guest house or even temple to feel Henro culture (that was the case for me).

Here let me explain my actual expense, based on my Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage like below.

  • Bought some Henro Pilgrimage specific wears and goods
  • Walked throughout Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage trail in 34 days
  • Used guest house, temple or hotel for accommodation (usually breakfast and dinner included)
  • At the last day, visited Koyasan for “Orei-mairi” by using train and bus

And here’s the overview of the expenses for my Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage.

ExpenseCost (JPY)
Henro specific wears and goods30000
Accommodation fee230000
Food (1200 yen x 34 days)40800
Nokyo / Getting temple stamp (300 yen x 88 temples)26400
Kechigan certificate (completion certificate)2000
Train and bus10000
Sightseeing5000
Others (medicines etc)5000
Total349200

If you’ll do pilgrimage alone, I guess you don’t want to bring a lot of money with you (I felt so too). So I used ATM service of Japan Post Bank to withdraw my money. I think Japan Post Bank is the easiest bank to find along the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage route. And you can withdraw your money with your credit card or cash card issued by major overseas financial institution (such as VISA, Mastercard). Please see Japan Post Bank International ATM service.

Other choice is to use SEVEN BANK ATM which is installed at 7-Eleven convenience store.

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