The smallest island among Japan's four main ones (Hokkaidô, Honshû, Shikoku, Kyûshu), yet many things to offer. If you are loooking for a traditional, spiritual and literary Japan, you have come to the right place. Indeed, Shikoku is the narrative set for the famous novel "Bocchan" by Natsume Sôseki, but also the place of birth of the very popular traditional Awa-odori dance. It is the most important event nationwide as it gathers 1.3 million of toursits, every year during the Obon period (Buddhist event for commemorating one's ancestors).
The illustrious "88 temples pilgrimage" crosses four prefectures: Ehime, Tokushima, Kagawa and Kôchi. (Simple tip to remember: Shikoku means "four countries"). Known as one of the most difficult, this 1100 to 1400 kms long path is more than 1200 years old. A good opportunity for brave pilgrimms to discover a wild and almost untouched Japan.