Toma Shrine - Hokkaido

Toma Shrine (當麻神社) is the main shrine of the town of Toma. It is located at 3 Chome-8-1 5 Johigashi in the town of Toma in Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan. The shrine celebrates its annual holiday on July 10.

當麻神社
Toma Shrine

Toma Shrine details

Old Tonden records state that Toma Shrine was founded in 1892 to protect the Tondenhei or field encampment soldiers during the settlement development of the area. About 50 Tondenhei from the east and west companies met to level the memorial grounds in the hilly region of Saihei village, which had been chosen as the shrine location. On one of the hills, they erected a signpost bearing the name "Taima-jinja". The signage measures one shaku square (0.98842 square feet).

Toma Shrine - Toma town, Hokkaido Prefecture

The construction of Toma Shrine was completed in 1894, Tondenhei Masataro Omori's father, Kou Omori, worked as a Shinto minister. A year after the shrine was built, about 400 Tondenhei families from 19 different prefectures moved to the settlement.

Toma Shrine Torii Gate

Toma Shrine's chozuya

Toma Shrine Main Hall





Toma Shrine Monuments


大山祇宮



Centennial Monument




忠魂碑
Loyalty Monument (忠魂碑)

The main hall underwent a significant expansion and renovation in 1914, and it was elevated to the status of a village shrine. It was again expanded and repaired to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening of Toma Village, and in 1928, it was promoted to a Gosha to commemorate the grand ceremony. In 1952, the peace treaty was signed, and the shrine was built at its current location to commemorate the restoration of sovereignty.

Toma Shrine komainu


Toma Shrine un-gyo

Toma Shrine a-gyo

At present, the deities Amaterasu Omikami, Hachiman no Okami, and Kasuga no Okami are enshrined in Toma Shrine. It currently has a total shrine area of 221.9 square meters and it serves about 8000 households.

Team Nicerio visits Toma Shrine





My family and I visited Toma 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. It was also my 46th weekend as an ALT under the JET Programme. As part of our special tradition of visiting shrines, temples, and churches for the first time, my daughter and I offered a prayer and also made three wishes before leaving.

Toma Shrine Fees

It’s FREE to enter and explore the Toma Shrine grounds. However, you need to pay if you want to acquire a goshuin.

Toma Shrine Operating Hours

The grounds of Toma Shrine are open 24/7 however, the shrine office is usually open from 9 AM to 4 PM. It might be closed during the winter season.

Why visit Toma Shrine?

Toma Shrine is the main shrine of the town of Toma. It’s a perfect place to visit if you want to offer prayers or pay respects. You can also get a goshuin here for your goshuin collection.

Getting to Toma Shrine:

 

You can reach Toma Shrine on foot from JR Toma Station. It takes about 10 - 15 minutes,

Another option is to ride the Dohoku bus bound for Toma. From 1-Jo 8-Chome bus stop in Asahikawa City ride Bus #70 Toma Line and board down at Toma Junior High School bus stop. From there, walk for about 6 minutes to the shrine.

Travel time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Bus fare: 590 yen

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