Meals at Accommodations
Minshuku, ryokan, and temple accommodations (shukubo) along the Shikoku Pilgrimage course usually include meals. Many of them offer local, home-style meals. Since Shikoku is surrounded by the sea and the pilgrimage course often passes near the sea, they are typically fish dishes.
Dinner usually starts around 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Let the owners know if you will be arriving late. Breakfast usually starts around 6:00-7:00 am. If you want to leave earlier, discuss this with the owner or, if possible, make a reservation without breakfast. Some lodgings will prepare a boxed lunch (bento) or rice balls (onigiri) for you if you ask.
If you do not want meals, let the accommodation know when you make your reservation. Some accommodations may not have any restaurants or convenience stores nearby. If you wish to stay overnight without meals, you need to consider what you will do about dinner.
|１泊２食付き||Ippaku nishoku tsuki||Overnight stay with breakfast and dinner|
|素泊まり||Sudomari||Overnight stay with no meals|
There are approximately 1,600 convenience stores in Shikoku (as of March 2022), making it very convenient to buy food. They include Lawson, Family Mart, 7-Eleven, and Mini Stop, and most are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you are walking in an area where you expect to find few restaurants, it is a good idea to stock up at a convenience store in advance.
You can find boxed lunches, pasta, salads, and other items in take-out packages which can be heated in a microwave oven at the convenience store if you ask at the cash register. Sandwiches, rice balls, snacks, and juice are also available. Other items include first aid supplies, bath and laundry goods, insecticide, batteries, stationery, copying machine, and ATM.