- August 19th, 2019
[Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine] Shrine Is Well-known for Vermilion Torii Gates in Row
- Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine
- Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine in Spring and Winter
- List of Activities
- Sapporo One-Day Bus Tours
- Sightseeing Taxi
- Canoe Tour
- Outdoor Activities
- Horse Trekking and Horseback Riding
- Japanese Kimono Rental and Lolita Fashion
- Ninja Experience, Calligraphy Experience and Tea Ceremony Experience
- Pottery Experience and Craft Experience
- Flower Arrangement
- Skiing and Cross-country Skiing
- List of Accommodations
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine (札幌伏見稲荷神社) is a shrine established in 1884 in Fushimi, Chuo ward, Sapporo city, and is near Moiwayama Ropeway (藻岩山ロープウェイ) and Asahiyama Memorial Park (旭山記念公園), and is well-known for vermilion torii gates in a row. In a winter, a conbinaton of white snow and the vermilion torii gates is beautiful, and a lot of overseas tourists come to enjoy the view. The shrine is also popular with Japanese as a sacred site, and worships Uganomitama -no-mikoto (倉稲魂命), Oyamatsumi-no-mikoto (大山祇命), Okuninushi-no-mikoto (大國主命), Kotoshironushi-no-mikoto (事代主命) and Ame-no-uzume-no-mikoto (天鈿女命) split from Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto. The Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine is smaller than the Fushimi Inari Taisha. The main shrine, Aramitama Shrine (荒魂社), a shrine office, Memorial Stone of Mr. Kauznori Ueda (上田一徳翁之碑), Bust of Mr. Sozaburo Ayuha (阿由葉宗三郎翁之像), Memorial Stone of Fire Protection (火防碑) and a parking lot are built at the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
The Fushimi Inari Taisha in the Kyoto is the head inari shrine with about 30,000 inari shrine branches in Japan. Hata clan reportedly founded it in 711. When Mr. Irogu Hata (秦伊呂具) made a target of an arrow with a rice cake, and shooted the mark with an arrow, the target turned into a bird, and flew away. After the bird landed on a mountain peak, rice plants grew. So around the land was called “Inaneri (伊禰奈利)”, and the name seemed to be the origin of Inari Shrine. The shrine has worshiped the gods of grain and foods, and has guarded food situation in the Japan. The Inari Shrine is famous as a fox shrine, but the god is not a fox, and messengers of the god are foxes. By the way, images of the fox were hardly seen at the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine for some reasons.
The Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine was choosen as a setting of Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha (いなり、こんこん恋いろは), Japanese anime, and some poeple seem to enjoy visiting the real-life locations. As for tasty restaurants near the shrine, Oniwasoto Fukuwauchi (鬼はそと福はうち), Missu House Fushimi Head Office (ミッシュハウス 伏見本店) and Hillside Terrace Fushimi Griller (ヒルサイドテラス ふしみグリエ) are popular in particular.
Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is “Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)” in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido’s population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Read More
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine in Spring and Winter
An atmosphere of the shrine is changed depending on snow. I visited here in a spring and the winter.
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine in Winter
In the winter, vermilion torii gates are showy in the white snow. I almost feel as if 26 torii gates in a row are the entrance of another world, and visitors may feel non daily life. A lots of oversea people come to savor the impressive scenery. When I visited here in February, a group of Hong Kong tourists, a group of Korean tourists and a group of Thai tourists wearing Japanese kimono visited here. Taking a photo with rented Japanese kimono is popular, and some tourists sometimes hire a professional photographer.
They did not get used to Japanese winter footwears, and the approach to the shrine is easy to slip, so watch your step. Especially, the down slope is very slippery. The Korean tourist was fallen down, and it looked painful.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (15 Cars)|
|Business hours||24 Hours|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 399 824*28|
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine in Spring
50th Opening Anniversary of Fushimi Village (伏見開村50年記念碑) and stone steps are built at the bottommost shrine, and the approach to the shrine is across Hokkaido Road 89 from the stone steps. The vermilion torii gates in a row on the approach to the shrine are a mysterious scenery. When I visited here in mid May. Double cherry blossoms were full in bloom on the parking lot. In the season without the snow, few overseas tourist come, and a lot of visiters were local poeple. It was a bit cold at the site, and visitors felt the sanctity of the shrine. A movie such as Fox’s Wedding was shooted, and I felt that the shrine also suited Japanese kimono even in the summer season.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Chuo Ward. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Sapporo is here
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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