Takikawa Shrine - Hokkaido

Takikawa Shrine (滝川神社) is the main shrine of Takikawa City. It is located at 1 Chome-1-12 Ichinosakachohigashi, Takikawa City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Takikawa Shrine

Takikawa Shrine information

In July 1890, a group of 440 Tondenhei, or military settlers, embarked on a journey and established a sacred place known as the Shinrei Yohaisho on the picturesque Ninosaka Hill. This humble beginning marked the early stages of what would later evolve into the revered Takigawa Shrine.

Takikawa Shrine - Takikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Just three years later, in August 1893, the shrine underwent significant development as the main shrine structure was erected atop Ninosaka Hill, officially becoming known as Takigawa Shrine. This new location provided a serene and elevated setting for worship and reverence. However, in February 1903, the decision was made to relocate Takigawa Shrine to its present site in Ichinozakachohigashi, ensuring its continued growth and accessibility.

Takikawa Shrine torii gate


Takikawa Shrine chozuya


It was in 1906 that a pivotal moment occurred in the shrine's history when the revered deity Amaterasu Omikami was enshrined, brought all the way from Ise Jingu. A year following this auspicious event, the main hall underwent reconstruction, symbolizing the continuous devotion and renewal of faith. To commemorate this milestone, the Senza-sai ceremony was held, uniting the community in celebration.

Monuments on the Takikawa Shrine grounds

In 1918, Takikawa Shrine was designated as a village shrine, signifying its importance as a local spiritual center. The shrine's significance further grew, and on August 27, 1936, it was elevated in status, attaining the prestigious designation of a prefectural company.

Takikawa Shrine Main Hall

Over the years, Takikawa Shrine has undergone various renovations and improvements to preserve its sacred essence. In 1974, the main hall underwent a comprehensive renovation, ensuring its structural integrity. Additionally, the precincts were meticulously maintained to provide an inviting and serene environment for visitors. Another renovation took place in 1991, further enhancing the shrine's splendor while preserving its historical charm. Presently, the shrine showcases the esteemed Shinmei-zukuri architectural design, captivating all who visit.

Takikawa Shrine Komainu

Takikawa Shrine komainu statues

Takikawa Shrine ungyo

Takikawa Shrine agyo

Takikawa Shrine occupies a total shrine area of 128 square meters, encompassing a sacred space that serves as a spiritual haven for approximately 18,000 households. Through its rich history and enduring presence, Takikawa Shrine remains a cherished place of worship and a symbol of unity within the community it serves.

Team Nicerio visits Takikawa Shrine

My family and I visited Takikawa 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.

Takikawa Shrine Entrance Fee

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

Takikawa Shrine Operating Hours

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

Why visit Takikawa Shrine?

Takikawa Shrine is the main shrine of Takikawa City. Most of the townspeople would go to it during New Year celebrations and during 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 Takikawa Shrine


From JR Takikawa Station, ride the Chuo Bus and get off at "Daiichi Shogakko-mae" and walk for 5 minutes.

Travel time: 16 minutes
Fare: 200 yen

You can also walk from JR Takikawa Station. It takes about 23 minutes.




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  1. You have visited a lot of shrines already. Amazing.

    1. Thank you so much! I have visited more since we visited Takikawa Shrine.


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