Takasu Shrine - Hokkaido

Takasu Shrine (鷹栖神社) is a beautiful and serene place that is worth a visit. Although its name is similar to the nearby town, it is located at 3 Chome Suehiro 8 Jo, Asahikawa City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan.

Takasu Shrine

Takasu Shrine details

Takasu Shrine was constructed on June 15, 1893, beside the old Takasu Village Tonaga government office a year after it opened. In 1901, the shrine was moved to its current location, and an application was made for the official name of the shrine.

Takasu Shrine - Takasu town, Hokkaido Prefecture

It was upgraded to the status of a village shrine and recognized as a Shinsen Heihaku Ryokushin Shrine in 1916. It was then raised to Gosha in 1922. For the first time among Hondo rural communities, it was designated as a prefectural shrine in 1942. It became a religious organization under the authority of the shrine's main government office in 1953, and the main shrine was erected in 1945. The new shrine office was finished in 1961.


Takasu Shrine torii gate

Takasu Shrine's chozuya

The deities; Ookunitama no KamiOonamuchi no Kami, and Sukunahikona no Kami are enshrined in Takasu ShrineAt present, Takasu Shrine has a total precinct area of 122 square meters. It currently serves about 18,381 households.

Takasu Shrine Main Hall

Things to see in Takasu Shrine grounds

Loyalty Monument (忠魂碑)

Rokugo Shrine

Upon arriving at the shrine, you'll be greeted by a stunning torii gate and a long pathway leading up to the main shrine building. The surroundings are quiet and peaceful, and the scent of the trees and flowers is a feast for the senses.

Takasu Shrine Komainu

Takasu Shrine komainu

Takasu Shrine agyo

Takasu Shrine ungyo

Another highlight of Takasu Shrine is its beautiful mini garden, which is carefully manicured and maintained throughout the year. The garden is particularly spectacular during the autumn months when the foliage is red.

Team Nicerio visits Takasu Shrine

My family and I visited Takasu Shrine for the first time last September 17, 2022, which was the first day of our 3-day Respect for the Aged Day Road Trip which is also my 46th weekend as an ALT under the JET Programme here in Japan. It was a mistake when we visited the Takasu Shrine as we were looking for the main shrine of the town of Takasu. Regardless, it was worth it as this shrine has a very beautiful atmosphere. As part of our family tradition of visiting a religious establishment for the first time, we offered prayers and paid respects. After which we made a wish before leaving.

Overall, we enjoyed the relaxing vibes of the shrine grounds. The general silence is only broken by the melodious chirping of the birds and cicadas.

Takasu Shrine Fees

It’s FREE to enter and explore Takasu Shrine.

Takasu Shrine Operating Hours

Takasu Shrine ground is open 24/7 but if you need the shrine services, the shrine office is open from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Why visit Takasu Shrine?

The Takasu Shrine is a wonderful place to visit if you're looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The shrine's natural surroundings and quiet atmosphere are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. You can also get goshuin here if you're collecting them. 

If you're lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of traditional Japanese ceremonies taking place at the shrine.

Getting to Takasu Shrine

The easiest way to get there is by taking bus #28-Spring Circulation Line (Suehiro) at the Asahikawa Station bus stop and boarding down at the Takasujinja Shrine bus stop.

Travel time: 33 minutes
Fare: 260 yen




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