revised on 5th February 2020
Table of Contents
- For All Visitors, Please Read Before Visiting
- Office Open
- About Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinjya
- About the Five Gods
- Negai Ishi(願い石), Wish Stone
For All Visitors, Please Read Before Visiting
Fushimi Inari Jinjya Office recently asks visitors NO PHOTO in the precincts of the shrine. I have not ever hard such a claim for visitors not shooting pictures in any shrines. But I have saw some signboards everywhere in Fushimi Inari Shrine.
They are claiming that this is not the place to only take a picture. This is the place for praying and worship to Gods for locals and visitors, not the place for playing. Even if there are much snow and nice slope, this is not the place for kids playing.
Some visitors are often acting these wrong doing without understanding and NO interests about Japanese Shinto culture. This is the same thing as visiting to the church in Vatican on non-suitable wear and chatting louder. Is it a good manner for visitors to do in the place even if you don’t understand what the shrine or church is?
This is the area for locals living in calm and peace. The shrine is the place for praying. Please understand Japanese Shinto culture and visit the shrine for praying before you take a picture. The shrine is not the place simply for getting a photogenic shot you want to.
I hope everyone can visit shrines and have a good memory for visiting. It is not wrong doing for taking a picture, honestly, it is really sad no respect for shrines, gods and so to speak Japanese Shinto culture.
- Get off Tozai-line at Maruyama Park Station(円山公園駅) and transfer JR Hokkaido Bus[循環円10 or 循環円11] to Jikeikai-mae(慈啓会前) and 5 min walk.
- Get off Tozai-line at Maruyama Park Station(円山公園駅) and transfer JR Hokkaido Bus[円11 or 桑11] to Keimei bus terminal(啓明バスターミナル) and 10 min walk
- Take a streetcar to Nishisen 14 jo(西線14条) and 15 min walk
- 30 min walk from Maruyama Park station(円山公園駅)
- parking: 10 cars
- no close
- no admission fee
About Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinjya
Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinjya is located in the west-south of Sapporo called Fushimi(伏見) near Asahigaoka(旭丘). It is a branch shrine of Fushimi Inari Taisha(伏見稲荷大社) in Kyoto.
The Fushimi Inari was built at Kotoni village in the Meiji era 1898. After that, it was moved here in 1907. Annual festival is 9th September.
The shrine’s precious thing is the array of Torii(鳥居), Shinto shrine archway. Torii indicates the area where gods reside behind it, so to speak, a boundary between human being and god. In other word, it is a gate into the area where gods live.
The color of Inari Jinjya’s Torii is used to be vermilion. This color derives from full of life and energy over the century which is said to defend natural disasters. This affects Inari’s one. There are 27 Totiis in Sapporo Fushimi Inari Jinjya. Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto has about 10,000 Toriis.
This area is one of the high-end residential area in Sapporo where is the south hillside place and you can see a very nice view of Sapporo. Asahiyama Park is close from here and Mt.Moiwa Ropeway is also close.
About The Five Gods
The shrine deifies five gods called “Ugano-mitama-no-mikoto(倉稲魂命)”, “Ooyamatsumi-no-mikoto(大山祇命)”, “Ookuninushi-no-mikoto(大国主命)”, “Kotoshironushi-no-mikoto(事代主命)”, “Amenouzume-no-mikoto(天鈿女命)”.
Ugano-mitama-no-mikoto is a bumper crop god which brings fortune as concerns business.
Ooyamatsumi-no-mikoto is a god ruling over mountains which means praying safety.
Ookuninushi-no-mikoto is a god for prosperous business.
Kotoshironushi-no-mikoto is a bumper crop god as well which brings fortune as concerns business and prosperous business.
Amenouzume-no-mikoto is a god for art and entertainment.
Recently it might be said a power spot for success of love among young. There are several items and goods for good-luck charm.
Negai Ishi(願い石), Wish Stone
Before worship, you are supposed to purify at Temizuya(手水舎) where you wet your hands and mouth with ladle. Take a dip in your mouth. No need to swallow it, just spit it out gently. Don’t touch a ladle with your mouth.
You will find a big stone right behind Temizuya called “Negai Ishi(願い石)” which means “wish stone”. It is said that the stone is alive and makes your wish come true if you want to.
But there is only one requirement you need to keep. That means you have to refrain something you like the most depending on how big you wish. There are many white charms aside the stone in which he or she writes down his/her wish and expense.
This is very unique and why don’t you try even if you don’t have any wish.
There are some nice restaurants and cafes where you have some sweets. After Fushimi Inari, why don’t you go there. If you want to go Asahiyama Memorial Park, it takes about 20 min walk from here or 7 min by car.
Asahiyama Memorial Park
- 20 min walk from here or 7 min by car.
- See this article: Asahiyama Memorial Park: Another Sapporo Night View
- Snow and Autumn Leaves In Asahiyama Memorial Park
- 20 min walk from here or 7 min by car.
- See this article: Sapporo Night View from Mt.Moiwayama
- Enjoy Sapporo Night View, Moiwayama, Mt.Moiwa