Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine - Hokkaido

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine (豊富八幡神社), located at 1596-2 Kamisarobetsu, Toyotomi Town in Hokkaido Prefecture, is the main shrine of the town of Toyotomi.

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine details

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Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine was established in 1907. It was said that a wealthy farmer Kano Kusaburo and his younger brother Jigoro Kano from the Kano Clan received a relic from Otokoyama Hachimangu in Kyoto.

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine - Toyotomi Town, Hokkaido Prefecture

After that, with the help of seven volunteers, they founded the Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine. It started out as a small shrine but through time it slowly improved and was finally moved to its present location midway up the mountain facing Route 40.

The main torii as seen from Route 40

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine temizuya

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine toro (lanterns)
Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine toro (lanterns)

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine's komainu

The steps leading up to Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine

The view from the top of the stairs

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine houses the Saijin Honda Betsumei (Honda Mikoto). It currently has an area of about 720 square meters and serves around 1900 households.

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine photos

I got to visit Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine for the first time last March 20, 2022. It was my 20th weekend here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. It was winter when I visited which means that snow covered the ground surrounding the shrine making its distinct blue roof a beautiful white backdrop. Like the other shrines that I have visited this winter, I'm excited to see what this shrine looks like in other seasons, particularly autumn. 

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine Entrance Fee

It's FREE to enter and explore Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine. 

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine Operating Hours

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine grounds are open 24/7.

Why visit Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine?

Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine is the main shrine of the town of Toyotomi making it a very important place in the city. It is located halfway up a hill so it is surrounded by nature. It is not uncommon to see a variety of birds and animals on the shrine grounds. If ever you are in Toyotomi, you should include this place in your itinerary. 

Getting to Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine

From JR Toyotomi Station, follow Route 397 until you reach the intersection. Turn left at Route 40 and you'll see the torii gate of the shrine. You need to hike a bit to reach the main shrine. Don't worry there are stone steps and it won't take you 100 steps to reach Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine from the bottom step.




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  1. I like how the blue roof of the Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine creates contrast with its surroundings. I bet it looks rad in spring or autumn.

    1. I revisited in in summer. You should wait for that article to be published. You'd love how Toyotomi Hachimangu Shrine looks like during that season.


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