Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text A pilgrimage following a definite course to visit certain shrines and sacred places. This practice became common in the middle of the Heian period. Famous pilgrimage routes include the 88-station route in Shikoku (henro) and the various 33-station routes in Tokyo and Kyoto. It is believed that merit is gained by traveling and praying through hardships and austerities. This practice is also widespread among Buddhist believers.