Hokkaido Shrine [北海道神宮]

Torii gate of Hokkaido Shrine
Torii gate of Hokkaido Shrine

The main shrine of Hokkaido Shrine
The main shrine

Hokkaido Shrine ("Hokkaido jingû" in Japanese) is a Shinto shrine located about 5 km west of central Sapporo.
It is located just north of Maruyama Park.

In 1869, Emperor Meiji issued the imperial rescript to build a new shrine in Hokkaido.
Then, this shrine was completed in 1871.

Because, Japanese government began to develop Hokkaido at that time.
Therefore, a guardian god was needed in this island.

The Torii gate (main gate) was set up on the northeast side of the shrine.

Because, Russia was advancing to the northeast of Hokkaido through Sakhalin and Kurile Islands.

This shrine was the guardian to defend against Russia.

Now it is the main shrine in Hokkaido, and many worshippers visit here.
(Of course, their worships have nothing to do with the threat of Russia.)

The approach to the main shrine
The approach to the main shrine in spring

The parade of Sapporo Festival
The parade of Sapporo Festival

There are many cherry trees in the precinct of the shrine.
In early May, this shrine is one of good cherry blossom viewing spots in Sapporo.

On June 15th, the festival of this shrine is held every year.
On the next day, a spectacular parade dressed with traditional costumes is held through the Sapporo city.
It is called Sapporo Festival.

How to get here

Get off at Maruyama-koen station of subway Tozai Line.
Then about 1 km walk from there.

Hotels in Sapporo

Hotels in Sapporo

Other Tourist Attractions in Sapporo

Central part of Sapporo city

Sapporo Station Former Hokkaido Government office building Hokkaido University Botanical Garden Sapporo Clock Tower Odori Park Sapporo TV Tower Nijo Market Sapporo Factory Tanukikoji shopping street Susukino Ramen Yokocho Nakajima Park Campus of Hokkaido University Sapporo Beer Museum Maruyama Park Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium Mount Moiwa Shiroi Koibito Park

Around Sapporo city

Hitsujigaoka observation hill Moerenuma Park Historical Village of Hokkaido Jozankei hot spring resort

Return to Sapporo city Return to Hokkaido prefecture

Other regions in Hokkaido