Global Pilgrimages

A Christian Pilgrimage In Japan?

Mika and I are two of the many pilgrims traveling to Japan to walk the Shinto Kumano Kodo and The 88  Buddhist Temple Pilgrimages. However, we learned of a Christian Pilgrimage in and around Nagasaki. Having some time after completing The Kumano Kodo and the 88 Temple, we decided to travel to Nagasaki and check …

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Top 10 Onsen (natural Hot spring) Hotels on Shikoku, Japan:

I listed these 10 favorite onsens by order as we walked the 88 Temple Pilgrimage. We were on our honeymoon so did some splurging versus our first Shikoku Pilgrimage back in 2019. The final 2 were off the Pilgrimage in Iya Valley but worth the travel and the perfect place to relax after 36 days …

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How The Kumano Kodo Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking the Camino de Santiago many times via multiple routes I walked the Kumano Kodo.  They are the only two UNESCO World Heritage Pilgrimages on the planet. Many pilgrims aim for a Dual Pilgrim Certificate which can be earned after walking both pilgrimages. Both have religious significance as well as spiritual and healing powers …

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Everything You Need To Know About The Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage and Earning a Dual Pilgrim Certificate:

The Camino de Santiago and Japan’s Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage are the only two World Heritage Pilgrimage Sites. Earning the Dual Pilgrim Certificate upon completion of the two pilgrimages is a great experience and achievement. Here’s what you need to know: First the Kumano Kodo is actually 5 different trails: If you are seeking a Dual …

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Top 10 Reasons for Walking the Japan Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage:

Most visitors to Japan take a week or two and focus on Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and maybe Hiroshima. Those places offer interesting experiences but are also crowded. Walking the Kumano Kodo gets you off the beaten tourist trail. Allows you to slow down and enjoy nature, which the Japanese are much more connected to than …

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A One Year Pilgrimage to The Roots of Christianity In Israel, Armenia, Georgia, and Ethiopia:

Early 2024 is a time of reflection for us. Mika and I ended 2023 in Ethiopia on pilgrimage to the holy city of Lalibela. After so many pilgrimages over the past 10 years around the globe our path had led us here to the highlands of Ethiopia, where at 2300 meters elevation, lies a “New …

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Which Camino Should I Walk After Frances?

If you have walked the Camino Frances and dream of a repeat, it is certainly a viable option to walk Frances again. Why it is the best of the Caminos is explained at Why Frances Is The Best Camino. That said, if you are feeling a desire for something different, there are 17 alternative Caminos …

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Walking The Jesus Trail In Israel. How The Jesus Trail Is Different From The Camino de Santiago:

After walking various Caminos de Santiago, some pilgrims start to look beyond Spain and Europe for alternative pilgrimages. After Santiago, there is Rome and Jerusalem that round out the big 3 Christian pilgrimages. However walking to Jerusalem is problematic with the war in Syria and closed borders. However, for pilgrims that are looking for something …

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Lalibela, Ethiopia Pilgrimage. Church of St. Nakutalaab:

Early morning a bit after 7 we drove up the mountain and walked the final kilometer to Church of St. Nakutallab, a nephew of King/St. Lalibela, for his feast day celebration. We passed hundreds of the faithful, most clad in white, coming and going to the Church carved out of a mountain cave. Tade, our …

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8 Alternatives to Walking The Camino de Santiago From Sarria:

With record numbers this year on the Camino, pilgrims are seeking alternatives to the Camino Frances. Be aware the headcount rises dramatically upon reaching Sarria. The good news is there are plenty of alternatives. In fact, 8 other Caminos with each offering a great Camino experience. Starting your Camino from Sarria can still be a …

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How The Way of St. Francis (Via Francesco) Is Different From The Camino de Santiago

Having walked a good many pilgrimages around the world, I would highly recommend the Via Francesco (Way of St. Francis) to pilgrims seeking a pilgrimage beyond the Camino de Santiago. Especially for Christians and those that feel a connection to St. Francis. Here is why: How The Way of St. Francis is Different From The …

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A Few Days In London Before Walking Scotland’s West Highland Way:

In the continuing effort to add content to this website, our 7 day walk on Scotland’s magnificent West Highland Way is next.     In late June of 2020, Mika and I spent the last 3 months hunkered down in Turkey. On March 21 we had set out on the ancient Lycian Way walk along …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. The End With A Connection To The Camino De Santiago:

Departed at 6:30AM on the 35th day of our walk around Shikoku Island. We ascended 3 hours a challenging 286 meters to Temple 84. Many of the Temples are on mountain tops so at this point we are just used to it. Walking by the Main Temple, a monk was blowing a horn. That’s a …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgimage. Only 10 Temples To Go:

Returning us to the Pilgrimage, Tomo stopped at Udon factory restaurant for delicious noodles where we were able to participate in the preparation. Great fun.   Afterwards he dropped us off at Temple 75 and wished us well on our remaining journey. We then walked to 76, Konzoji, about 3k and enjoyed 1100 year old …

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Camino dos Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Day 7 Muxia To Lires:

To clarify, The Camino de Faros between Finisterre and Muxia is an alternative route to the Camino de Santiago between the two towns. While The Camino de Santiago is a relatively easy 27K jaunt, the Camino de Faros is 52K of more challenging rugged coastal walking with some narrow, rocky paths and significant elevation changes. …

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Japan 88 Temple Pilgrimage. A Gift From tomoyoshi Kubo:

Departed Bansui at 7:30 with a peaceful walk along the river quite a while before veering north to Temple 70 where Main Temple is a national treasure and there was a picturesque 5 story pagoda.    A sweet cleaning lady gave us little treat bags osettai with a note included telling us to place refuse …

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Camino De Faros (The Lighthouse Way). Day 8 Lires To Finisterre:

It did not take long to realize this Camino is nothing like the Camino de Santiago. There were no bars or much of anything between Finisterre and Lires. There was very little pavement walking. White sand beaches along the coastal shore connected by rugged narrow rocky mountain trails with bright white, yellow, purple, and blue …

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Camino de Faros. The Lighthouse Way:

After 3 weeks of settling in at Global Pilgrim House in Muxia, feeling a bit antsy, I will start The Lighthouse Way, a 200 kilometer walk linking Finisterre and Muxia, with Malpica along the Galician Costa de Morte (Coast of Death). It is called the Coast of Death because of the many shipwrecks along its …

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