Moseushi Shrine - Hokkaido

Moseushi Shrine (妹背牛神社), located at 466 Imoseushibatake in Moseushi, Hokkaido Prefecture, is a village shrine with a history dating back to 1899.

Moseushi Shrine

Moseushi Shrine details

Genzo Mori founded Moseushi Shrine, also known as Imoseushi Shrine, in its current location on September 15, 1899. He founded Moseushi Town while serving as the principal of Sapporo Agricultural College.

Moseushi Shrine (妹背牛神社)

With the development of Moseushi Town during the Taisho Era (1912-1925), The population also increased. With the prosperity brought by the town's development, the shrine also improved. The main shrine was refurbished and a shrine office was also built. 

Moseushi Shrine main torii gate

Horse Statue inside Moseushi Shrine

Moseushi Shrine temizu

Moseushi Shrine was promoted and listed as a village shrine on September 28, 1928. Since then, the shrine has seen plenty of improvements with the continued progress of the town. 

Currently, the following deities are enshrined in Moseushi Shrine; Ookunitama no Okami, Oonamuchi no Okami, and Sukunahikona no Okami. It has a shrine area of 37.28 tsubos and presently serves about 1300 households.

Moseushi Shrine komainu

Moseushi Shrine un-gyō

Moseushi Shrine a-gyō

Moseushi Shrine is where the Moseushi Shrine Festival is held. The festival features the Moseushi Lion Dance which originated in Toyama Prefecture in eastern Japan the Jigami Miya from Shikoku Region in western Japan

We offered our prayers and did the customary ringing of the shrine bell.

My family and I visited Moseushi Shrine for the first time last August 6, 2022, which was my 278th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. It was also our first-weekend road trip after buying our car. 

Moseushi Shrine Admission Fee

It's FREE to visit and explore Moseushi Shrine grounds.

Moseushi Shrine Operating Hours

Matatsu Shrine is open from 9AM to 4PM for those who need services. Regardless, if you just want to visit, the shrine grounds are open 24/7

Why visit Moseushi Shrine?

Moseushi Shrine is the town of Moseushi's principal shrine. It serves the majority of the town's inhabitants. It's a sanctuary where they may pay their respects to the enshrined deities as well as pray for safety and good fortune. My daughter and I believe that whenever we visit a new shrine, we get to make a wish.

Getting to Moseushi Shrine

From Asahikawa JR Station, ride the Hakodate Line and board down at Moseushi JR Station. From there walk for about 7 minutes to the shrine.

Travel time: 35 minutes
Fare: 860 yen




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  1. I collect goshuin so I'd surely include that place to the shrines that I would like to visit in the future.

    1. Great! I do you you get the goshuin of Moseushi Shrine in the future.


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