Shintotsukawa Shrine - Hokkaido

Shintotsukawa Shrine (新十津川神社) is the main shrine of the town of Shintotsukawa. It is located at 37-1 Central, Shintotsukawa in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Shintotsukawa Shrine

Shintotsukawa Shrine details

In September 1890 (Meiji 23), discussions took place for the establishment of a shrine in what was still Shintotsukawa Village at that time. Since the residents mostly originated from the village of Totsukawa in Nara Prefecture, they decided that the new shrine be named Tamaki Shrine after the shrine of the same in their former village.

Shintotsukawa Shrine - Shintotsukawa town, Hokkaido Prefecture

In January of the next year, 1891 (Meiji 24), a temporary shrine was built on the banks of the Tokutomi River near the Kikusui village office to receive the spirits of Tamaki Shrine's five enshrined deities which are Kuninotokotachi no Mikoto, Izanagi no Mikoto, Izanami no Mikoto, Amaterasu Omikami, and Kamuyama who is also called Hiko no Mikoto. It was relocated to the finished shrine structure on Kamitokutomi Sisun Island on June 24, 1894 (Meiji 27).

Shintotsukawa Shrine torii gate

The pathway going to the main hall of Shintotsukawa Shrine

Shintotsukawa Shrine's chozuya

The chōzubachi

Due to flood damage caused by the 1898 Ishikari River Flooding. The shrine was relocated to higher ground in the fourth ward (later Miyamae ward) in September 1899 (Meiji 32). A new shrine was constructed in September 1900 (Meiji 33).

Shintotsukawa Shrine
100th-Anniversary Monument

Shintotsukawa Shrine
Mini-Zen garden

Tamaki Shrine was elevated to the status of village shrine on December 21, 1923 (Taisho 12), town shrine on August 11, 1930 (Showa 5), and prefectural shrine on January 15, 1943 (Showa 18). On March 15, 1968, the shrine’s name was changed from "Tamaki Shrine" to "Shintotsukawa Shrine".

Shintotsukawa Shrine Main Hall

Shintotsukawa Shrine main hall

Shintotsukawa Shrine Main Hall
Mini un-gyo komainu 

Mini a-gyo komainu

Shintotsukawa Shrine underwent major renovations in August 1985. The high-quality cedar and cypress wood used in the renovation were donated by the generous townspeople of Totsukawa in Nara Prefecture. The wood was cut from the mountains around Tamaki Shrine. Shintotsuka Shrine’s renovation was completed just in time for the 100th anniversary celebration which was held on June 21, 1990.

Shintotsukawa Shrine Komainu

Shintotsukawa Shrine's komainu

Shintotsukawa Shrine's un-gyo

Shintotsukawa Shrine's a-gyo

At present, Shintotsukawa Shrine has a total shrine area of 143 square meters and is currently serving 2645 households.

Team Nicerio visits Shintotsukawa Shrine

My family and I visited Shintotsukawa Shrine for the first time during our weekend road trip last August 27, 2022, which was my 43rd weekend here in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. Just like what we always do whenever we visit a new shrine, my family and I paid our respects and offered prayers during our visit. As part of our tradition of visiting religious places for the first time, my daughter and I also made our wishes.

Shintotsukawa Shrine Entrance Fee

It’s FREE to enter and explore Shintotsukawa Shrine grounds.

Shintotsukawa Shrine Operating Hours

Shintotsukawa Shrine office is open from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Why visit Shintotsukawa Shrine?

Shintotsukawa Shrine is the main shrine of Shintotsukawa. Most of the townspeople would go to it during New Year celebrations and the shrine festival. It is a place to go to if you want to meditate or offer some prayers. You can also get a goshuin here.

Getting to Shintotsukawa Shrine


From Asahikawa JR Station, ride the Hakodate Line (Local Iwamizawa) and board down at Takikawa JR Station. 

Shintotsukawa Shrine is 10 minutes by car or 55 minutes by foot from Takikawa JR Station.

Travel time: 41 minutes
Fare: 1290 yen




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