Dating back to 1869, this is one of the oldest shrines in Hokkaidō and is known for its spectacular cherry and plum blossoms in spring. It's inside sprawling, woodsy Maruyama-kōen (円山公園).

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Nearby Sapporo attractions

1. Ōkura-yama Ski Jump Stadium

0.91 MILES

This ski-jump slope was built on the side of Ōkura-yama for the Sapporo 1972 Winter Games. At 133.6m it's just slightly shorter than Sapporo TV Tower,…

2. Hokkaidō Museum of Modern Art


Hokkaidō's top collection of modern art includes many works from artists who were born here, lived here or were inspired by the northern island…

3. Old Sapporo Court of Appeals Building

1.52 MILES

This impressive building at the western end of Ōdōri-kōen was built in 1926, of tuff stone, to serve as Sapporo's High Court. Inside are a few galleries…

4. Black Slide Mantra

1.88 MILES

This sculpture in Ōdōri-kōen by Japanese-American artist Noguchi Isamu is hands-on art at its best: made of black stone to stand out in the snow, the…

5. Hokkaidō University Botanical Garden

1.94 MILES

Among the highlights of this meandering, 14-hectare outdoor garden maintained by Hokkaidō University, is a collection of 200 plants and herbs historically…

6. Hokkaidō Ainu Center

1.99 MILES

In an office building across the street from Hokkaidō University Botanical Garden, this cultural centre is run by the Hokkaidō Ainu Association and has a…

7. Hokkaidō University


Established in 1876 this university is a scenic spot, with a number of unique buildings, including the Furukawa Memorial Hall and the Seikatei. The bust…