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
More Sapporo posts: Former Government Building, Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo TV Tower + Odori Park, Mt. Moiwa Ropeway, Sapporo Snow Festival: Part 1, Sapporo Snow Festival: Part 2, 10 Tips for visiting Japan’s Sapporo Snow Festival