Naie Shrine - Hokkaido

Naie Shrine (奈井江神社) is the main shrine of the town of Naie. It is located at 103-2, Naie in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Naie Shrine 

Naie Shrine details

Founded in 1892 by Munenori Shimizu, a Saitama immigrant, the shrine stands as a testament to the deep connection with his hometown's guardian deity, Hirose Okami.

Naie Shrine - Naie town, Hokkaido Prefecture

Initially constructed by Tatsuhachi Tanaka, one of the immigrants, the temple was further expanded in December 1893, when Ichizo Shimizu assumed the role of founder. With generous donations from volunteers, he built the worship hall. Though the precinct land was originally donated by Munenori Shimizu, it was subsequently transferred to Shin Ukichi, who officially donated it in September 1903.

Naie Shrine main torii

The second torii gate

Naie Shrine grounds

Things to see in Naie Shrine grounds

If you explore the shrine grounds, you'd find a dog house. The question is, where is the dog?

Naie Shrine's chozuya

Naie Shrine's chozubachi

Years later, in July 1917, an awe-inspiring event marked the completion of the shrine. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 1991, the shrine received a momentous makeover, thanks to a significant donation of approximately 100 million yen. This substantial contribution allowed for the construction of a new shrine office spanning 120 tsubos, the paving of a spacious parking lot accommodating around 70 cars, as well as the restoration of the shrine building itself. It was a testament to the dedication and collaboration of the parishioners who worked tirelessly to bring Naie Shrine to its current splendor.

Naie Shrine Main Hall

The Naie Shrine, designated as a village shrine, showcases the remarkable Shinmei-zukuri architectural style which is the common style of shrines in Hokkaido. The shrine houses revered deities such as Amaterasu Omikami, Toyouke Hime no Mikoto, Okuninushi Mikoto, Kasuga Daimyojin, and the guardian deity Hirose Okami.

Naie Shrine komainu

Naie Shrine komainu

Naie Shrine un-gyo

Naie Shrine a-gyo

Today, Naie Shrine serves around 2900 households and continues to attract visitors seeking a deeper connection with Japanese spirituality and heritage. Whether you come to offer prayers, immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere, or simply marvel at the architectural beauty, a visit to Naie Shrine promises an unforgettable experience.

Team Nicerio visit Naie Shrine

My family and I visited Naie Shrine for the first time last September 11, 2022, as part of our September 9-11 Road Trip. It was my 314th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. We visited Naie Shrine as part of our tradition of going to the main shrines of a municipality that we visited for the first time. During our visit, we offered a prayer and also made some wishes.

Naie Shrine entrance fee:

It’s FREE to enter and explore Naie Shrine

Naie Shrine Operating Hours

Naie Shrine grounds are open 24/7.

Why visit Naie Shrine?

Naie Shrine is a place to visit if you want to pay respects to the guardians of the town. If you collect goshuin, you can get the goshuin from the monk’s house which is also located inside the shrine grounds.

Getting to Naie Shrine


From Sapporo Station, board the Kamui 7 Limited Express Asahikawa of the Lilac-Kamui Line. Board down at Bibai Station.

Transfer to the Local Takikawa of the Hakodate Line and board down at Naie Station. From there, you need to walk for about 950 meters to reach Naie Station.

Travel time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Fare: 3,170 yen




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