About Hokkaido Jingu Shrine
Hokkaido Jingu Shrine was the most surprising attraction of my trip. From Sapporo Station Sapporo Station (N06) on the North-South Line, I took one stop to Odori Station Odori (N07), and transferred to the East-West Line for three stops to Maruyama Koen (T06), and entered Hokkaido Shrine from the entrance of the park. Since we went early and a large number of tour groups had not yet arrived, the walk from Maruyama Park to Hokkaido Shrine was particularly quiet, with only the chirping of birds and the sound of crunching snow. At the exit of Hokkaido Jingu Shrine, we ate some magistrate cakes ~ eating freshly baked magistrate cakes, drinking hot tea, and watching the morning light spread on the snow in the warmth of the wooden house, who wouldn’t say it was a treat?
Free of charge
April 1-October 15 6:00-17:00, October 16-October 31 6:00-16:30, November 1-February 14 7:00-16:00, February 15-March 31 7:00-16:30.
How to get there
Take the Tozai subway line and get off at Wonsan Park Station, about a 15-minute walk away.
Hokkaido Jingu is inside of Madoka Park. There are no trash cans in the whole park, so bring your own trash.
This torii is very large but it is not wood but concrete feeling. Personally, I don’t like overly modern things, so I prefer the wooden torii. The shrine is not big, but I especially like this kind of Japanese architecture, so whenever I go to Japan this kind of place must go. And will definitely drink the water at the entrance. Remember to pay your respects and bow before you go in. Show your respect by following the customs of your hometown.
The steps inside the shrine are not allowed to sit, and I was named by the man in uniform who didn’t know this.
I knew he was trying to say that I was not allowed to sit on the steps. I apologized and walked away.
Next to the pavilion is the Six Flowers Pavilion. It is relatively small. The strawberry chocolates you often see are sold inside. There are also other hand mates.
The crows here are not afraid of people, so it’s best to stay away from them and not to hold food in your hands, which is dangerous.
For tourists, this is a good place to feel the traditional Japanese culture, and you can also ask for a few gosho to give back to your family and friends~.
It was a weekend when I came here, and it was during the regular festival of Hokkaido Shrine, so there were a lot of people coming to the shrine to worship. My friend and I did what the locals do, we washed our hands religiously at the “hand water house” outside the shrine, and then went inside.
The steps are as follows
1. In the right hand, scoop a ladle of water with a spoon and pour it down from the palm to the fingers to wash the left hand.
2. Conversely, wash your right hand with water from your left hand
3. With the right hand, scoop a ladle of water, put it on the palm of the left hand, rinse your mouth and spit it out in the sink on the floor
4. Finally, scoop a ladle of water, set up the water with both hands and let the water flow down the handle to clean the handle.
After completing all the above steps, you can go into the shrine.