Hamatombetsu Shrine - Hokkaido

Hamatombetsu Shrine (浜頓別神社) serves as the town's main shrine. It is located at 1 Chome-20 Kita 4 Jo in the town of Hamatombetsu, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Hamatombetsu Shrine

Hamatombetsu Shrine details

Hamatombetsu Shrine is claimed to have been established in 1902 by Eisuke Kanno, although it was officially founded in 1919 and acquired authorization to be named Tombetsu Shrine in 1939. It was designated as a local shrine in 1942 and a religious corporation in 1946. It celebrates its annual holiday every 2nd of August.

Hamatombetsu Shrine - Hamatombetsu Town, Hokkaido Prefecture

After formally being renamed Hamatonbetsu Shrine in 1990. The shrine underwent restoration works and was completed a year later. The shrine was built using the Shinmei-zukuri architectural design. The shrine currently houses the deity Oyamazumi no Kami.

Hamatombetsu Shrine torii

Hamatombetsu Shrine chozuya

Chozuya dragon

The beautiful-looking juniper tree inside the shrine grounds

Hamatombetsu Shrine ema

Loyalty Monument

Hamatombetsu Shrine Main Hall

Hamatonbetsu Shrine, renowned for its historical significance and cultural heritage, currently boasts a generous shrine area spanning an impressive 172.57 square meters. With such an expansive space, the shrine provides a tranquil sanctuary for visitors and devotees alike.

Hamatombetsu Shrine Komainu

Hamatombetsu Shrine Komainu

Hamatombetsu Shrine un-gyo

Hamatombetsu Shrine a-gyo

Moreover, Hamatonbetsu Shrine holds great importance in the lives of approximately 1500 households, serving as a spiritual beacon and a focal point for community gatherings. Its enduring presence fosters a sense of unity and belonging among the local residents, who find solace and inspiration within its sacred grounds.

Team Nicerio visit Hamatombetsu Shrine

My family and I visited Hamatombetsu Shrine for the first time during the 4th day of our 5-day Drive Up North road trip last August 15, 2022. This was my 287th day here in Japan as an ALT under the JET ProgrammeIt was the last shrine that we visited during the said road trip before we camped at Lake Kutcharo. During our visit, my daughter and I made sure to pay respects and offer a prayer like what we do every time we visit a new shrine. We also made a wish as part of our tradition of visiting new shrines.

Hamatonbetsu Shrine Entrance Fee

It’s FREE to enter and explore Hamatonbetsu Shrine.

Hamatonbetsu Shrine Operating Hours

You can visit the shrine grounds 24/7. However, the shrine office is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily.

Why visit Hamatonbetsu Shrine?

Hamatonbetsu Shrine is a place to visit if you are collecting goshuin. Most of the locals see the shrine as a holy sanctuary where one goes to pray for protection and healing. It's also a stroll around if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place inside the town.  

Getting to Hamatonbetsu Shrine


Take the Soya Bus from Otoineppu Station on the JR Soya Main Line to Hamatonbetsu Bus Terminal, then walk 15 minutes to Hamatonbetsu Shrine.




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