Glossary

  • Henro Goya [ accomodation, pilgrimage ]

    Henro Goya 遍路小屋
    Huts built by local authorities to allow shikoku pilgrims to rest. Some aruki henro spend the night in a very basic comfort. These are often shelters composed simply of a roof and a bench.
  • Nojuku [ accomodation, pilgrimage ]

    Nojuku (野 宿) means wild camping. During the shikoku pilgrimage, this term refers to either sleeping outside or in basic shelters made available to pilgrims.
  • Ryokan [ accomodation ]

    Ryokan (旅館) is the traditional Japanese inn, usually more luxurious and more expensive than the Minshuku. There are very small ryokan, family or huge with a very large staff The rooms are Japanese style (washitsu), the price (per person) usually includes the evening meal and b
  • Shukubō [ accomodation, pilgrimage, temples ]

    Shukubō (宿坊) are ryokan-style pay rooms made available by a temple. This style of accommodation is developed under the Heian era. It is the ancestor of the ryokan. (more…)
  • Tsūyadō [ accomodation, pilgrimage, temples ]

    Tsūyadō (通夜 堂);, it is a free shelter offered by a temple for aruki henro (walkiing pilgrims) during Shikoku pilgrimage. as for henro goya, the comfort is  very basic . Some are tiny (2 or 3 beds), others huge as in the temple 51 ishite-ji.
  • Zenkonyadō [ accomodation ]

    Zenkonyado (善根 宿) , free or almost free accommodation (300 yen) offered to Shikoku pilgrims by local people (more…)