The Hokkaido Shrine Sapporo Reviews
The Hokkaido Shrine Jun 29, 2009
In the outskirts of Sapporo close to the Maruyama stop on the Tozai metro line is a big shrine in the middle of a small forest. The shrine is freely open to the public and many Japanese come here to worship at the main building. A few even go inside the main building itself for a special ceremony - but most just stay outside the shrine to call upon the deities with a traditional two claps of the hand and a silent prayer.
The main buildings are situated at the centre piece of a small courtyard with other buildings at the sides - which I presume is the home to the priest and other servants of the shrine who resides at the area. There is a little souvenir shop but there is no request of visitors buying anything and the entrance to the shrine is free of charge.
Next to the shrine is a small shop for visitors where they serve green tea and some sort of a cake for free. There is no obligation to buy anything after the free tasting and there is no expectation of the visitors to buy anything.
Spread around the forest is a couple of minor shrines along the path but the main shrine is by far the most interesting aspect of the whole complex.
The Hokkaido Shrine is located next to the zoo so for people wanting to make a full daytrip of this one area of Sapporo it is possible otherwise you can easily head back to the central part of the city again on the frequent metros departing through the day.
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