Our second full day in Sapporo started with a visit to one of the most popular spots in Sapporo, the Hokkaido Shrine. The Shinto shrine, located at Maruyama Park, was built in 1869 after Emperor Meiji decreed that “three pioneering gods” be enshrined to uplift the spirits of pioneers. The existence of a shrine dedicated to the Shinto deities offered spiritual support to the pioneers, who faced difficulties in clearing through the forest, but also served as a gathering place for the people to meet and talk. In 1964, the Showa Emperor approved the enshrinement of Emperor Meiji, so it currently houses four kami (gods).
Did you know this was my first time seeing snow? It really was magical to walk around the park and then to see the Hokkaido shrine fully covered in snow!!
Address: 474 Miyagaoka, Chūō-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 064-0959
Hours: 6AM – 5PM (Summer), 7AM – 4PM (Winter)
Open 24 hours/7 days a week