Hokkaido Shrine Traditional Shinto Festival

  • Hokkaido Shrine

    Hokkaido shrine is a Shinto Shrine located in Maruyama area, just after three stops west of Odori(center of Sapporo). Hokkaido shrine was built in 1869. The government abrogated the feudal domain system and replaced it with prefectures to centralize the political authority. Emperor Meiji selected three protecting deities for the shrine from the reclamation of Hokkaido “God of Okunitama,” “God of Onamuchi” and “God of Sukunahikona”. In 1964, the “God of Emperor Meiji” was also enshrined there, and the name was changed from “Sapporo Shrine” to “Hokkaido Shrine.”

    Hokkaido Shrine Matsuri

    The season of Hokkaido shrine festival takes place the fall of the cherry blossom. It is also called Sapporo festival and held from June 14th to the 16th every year. The highlight of the festival is the parade of portable shrines around the center of the city. People are wearing colorful Heian period costumes, along with four mikoshi portable shrines and eight floats. The parades start at Hokkaido Shrine in Maruyama and reach the central Sapporo. we can admire it in the street from the Hokkaido Shrine until the Nakajima Park.


    There are plenty of street stalls selling traditional festive food like takoyaki, yakisoba, yakitori chocolate bananas etc. Food stalls in Nakajima park are much bigger so Nakajima Park are filled with hundreds of food stalls and thousands of people. The narrow paths of the park become so crowded that it’s impossible to move for long periods as you get caught in the huge sea of people.

    In addition to the food stalls, there are many games that you can try and win prizes and there is also an area in the middle of the park with haunted houses and bouncy castles.
    The most popular attraction is the Motorbike Circus. The bike runs inside the big wooden barrel. You would experience full of thrill and excitement.
    Hokkaido Shrine Website*Japanese Only
    Hokkaido Shrine Access
    Nakajima Park Access