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474 Miyagaoka, Chuo-ku, Sapporo 064-8505 Hokkaido
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Asahiyama Zoo, Fascinating Aoi-Ike Light Up and Shirohige Falls in Winter!
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Asahiyama Zoo, Fascinating Aoi-Ike Light Up and Shirohige Falls in Winter!

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・Explore Hokkaido’s signature spots in winter and spend a cheerful day with different activities. Considerately late departure and less morning rush to start a laid-back day trip.<br>・Go for Japan's one of most popular zoos Asahiyama Zoo, home to various animals! "Penguin's Parade" is the symbolic gesture in winter. It has drawn many visitors for the admirable scene of strolling penguins!<br>・The can't-miss alluring Blue Pond (Aoi Ike) in Biei of Hokkaido! The pond light up only in winter just creates a dreamlike mysterious wonderland! <br>・Another illumination sightseeing spot will be Shirohige Falls. There will be time for stop-by and taking photos. <br>・During February and March, visit to local dessert souvenir shop and Japanese sake museum will be included. <br>・Hotel pick-up from three locations are available, and drop-off locations are also selectable. English speaking tour guide will accompany this tour.
$58.00 per adult
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Jeffry b wrote a review Nov 13
Essendon, Australia6,139 contributions1,512 helpful votes
The Hokkado Jingu Shrine hoses four deities, including the Emperor Meiji. The Shrine is approached through a torii. It is bad manners to enter the Shrine through the middle of the torii. The torii is meant to frame the Shrine to give the best view. The Shrine burned down in in 1974, but was rebuilt in 1978. The Shrine houses the guardian deities of Hokkaido, it is worthy of respect.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Peter R. wrote a review Aug 2020
Ulsan, South Korea1,348 contributions68 helpful votes
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Set in Maruyama Park and approached along the Cherry Tree Boulevard from the 2nd Shrine Gate, the Hokkaido Jingu Shinto Shrine is probably impressive whatever season you choose to visit. Visiting in January when blanketed by snow, however, seems to elevate it to something extra-special. Established in 1869, the centrepiece of the Main Shrine is an impressive A-framed building whose gold embellishments positively sparkle on a bright Winter's day. I was particularly fascinated by the wooden frame with wires that devotees tied their "wishes"/prayers around. I rounded off my visit to this impressive Shrine by taking a break at the attractive Coffee Shop that sells hand-made cookies near the entrance to the Main Shrine, then walking back towards the Subway Station through the snow covered Park. Most enjoyable!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Lotuspearl wrote a review Jul 2020
Bengaluru, India402 contributions68 helpful votes
Cherry blossom lined road leads to the shrine. Has spacious grounds and an opportunity to see Shinto worship.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Jeffry b wrote a review Feb 2020
Essendon, Australia6,139 contributions1,512 helpful votes
Hokkaido Jingu is a shrine affiliated to Japan's ancient religion, Shinto. Buddhism came later. Shinto is a form of naturalistic religion that is based on traditional practices. Hokkaido Jingu veneratres the early settlers of Hokkaido. Hokkaido Jingu is of moderen constructio, but it certainly radiates an atmosphere of peace and serenity. Shinto and Buddhism are not strictly competitors. Shinto goes back into the mists of time and is said to be "more Japanese."
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Cabadrin wrote a review Dec 2019
Quincy, Massachusetts85 contributions13 helpful votes
Hokkaido Jingu is a larger shrine built to commemorate the Japanese founding of Sapporo and colonization of Hokkaido in general. It's a more modern shrine - plenty of dressed stone and concrete - but no less beautiful and peaceful for that. We saw a number of couples getting their photos taken in the temple, and there are a number of smaller shrines nearby. It's easily accessible from public transportation and Mt. Maruyama is right next door, as well as its path leading to the summit, as well as all of its shrines to Kannon.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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