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Hokkaido Shrine

Hokkaido ShrineHokkaido Shrine ("Hokkaido jinguu" in Japanese) is a Shinto shrine located about 5 km west of central Sapporo, and there is Maruyama Park to the south.

In 1869, Meiji Emperor issued the imperial rescript to build a new shrine in Hokkaido. Then, this shrine was completed in 1871.
Because, at that time, Japanese government began to develop Hokkaido, and a guardian god was needed.

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 guradian to defend against Russia.

Now it is the main shrine in Hokkaido, and many worshippers visit here.
On June 15th the festival of this shrine is held every year, and 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 to here

By subway

Get off at "Maruyama-koen" station on Tozai Line.

Torii gate of Hokkaido Shrine Approach in spring
Main shrine Sapporo Festival
All photos by Sapporo City

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