Akabira Shrine - Hokkaido

Akabira Shrine (赤平神社) is the main shrine of the city of Akabira. It is located at 4 Chome-3 Izumimachi, Akabira City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Akabira Shrine

Akabira Shrine details

Akabira Shrine, located at 4 Chome-3 Izumimachi, Akabira City, was established over a century ago in 1918, through the dedication and hard work of a group of settlers who had relocated from Kaga City in Ishikawa Prefecture.

Akabira Shrine - Akabira City, Hokkaido Prefecture

Akabira Shrine is dedicated to two deities- Amaterasu-Omikami, the enshrined deity from the settlers' hometown, Furibashinomiya, and Oyamazumi Okami, a deity enshrined in Omishima, Iyo Province. Initially a village shrine, it was moved to its current location in August 2013 and became a religious corporation in March 2016.

Akabira Shrine's main torii

Akabira Shrine's secondary torii

Akabira Shrine's chozuya

The chozubachi

Monuments and statues inside Akabira Shrine

Pioneer Monument (開拓顕彰碑)


Akabira Inari Shrine (赤平稲荷神社)

Akabira Shrine 100th Anniversary Monument (赤平神社 創記百周年記念碑)

Akabira Shrine Komainu

Akabira Shrine komainu

The striking Shinmei-zukuri architectural design adds to the charm of this sacred place, while the tranquil precincts, surrounded by lush greenery, are conducive to quiet contemplation and reflection. The annual holiday of the shrine is on September 8th, and it currently serves over 2,400 households.

Akabira Shrine Main Hall

Team Nicerio visits Akabira Shrine

My family and I visited Akabira Shrine for the first time last September 10, 2022, as part of our September 9-11 Road Trip. It was my 313th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. I included Akabira Shrine in our itinerary as my daughter and I have a tradition of visiting the main shrines of each municipality we visit to pay respects and also offer some prayers.

Akabira Shrine Fees

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

Akabira Shrine Operating Hours

Akabira Shrine grounds is open 24/7 but the shrine office is open from 9 AM to 4 PM.

Why visit Akabira Shrine?

Akabira Shrine is an enriching and enlightening experience, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who plans to go on a pilgrimage to Hokkaido. Aside from that, visitors can also get a goshuin in this shrine.

Getting to Akabira Shrine


You have a few economical choices for getting to Akabira Shrine from Asahikawa City, but here's the most budget-friendly option:

  • Begin at Asahikawa Station and catch the Hakodate Line Local Takikawa train. Disembark at Takikawa Station.
  • Upon arrival, take a leisurely stroll to the nearby Takikawa Eki Mae bus stop.
  • Next, hop aboard the Takiashi Sen route bus operated by Chuo Bus Company.
  • Alight at Akabira Shiyakusho, just a short distance away from Akabira Shrine

This route not only offers an affordable solution but also ensures a seamless journey from Asahikawa City to Akabira Shrine.

Travel time: 1 hour 40 minutes
Fare: 1740 yen




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