So if you’re headed to Hokkaido…
And won’t be making it to Kyoto to walk through the over 1,000 red torii gates there…
Torii shrine gates in Kyoto
And you’re a little bummed about it…
Walking through a few red torii gates in Sapporo might be the next best thing! (There are some torii gates in Tokyo too.)
Torii shrine gates in Sapporo
The Fushimi Inari Shrine of Sapporo doesn’t compare to the Fushimi Inari Shrine of Kyoto at all, but you may still find it to be worth a visit if you’re in the area!
The visit to this Sapporo shrine won’t be long, and you could be done in 10-15 minutes.
How to get to the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine
It’s pretty easy to access the Fushimi Inari Shrine by public transportation and a bit of walking.
There’s a bus stop located about a 10-15 minute walk from the shrine.
The Sapporo tram that makes a loop around the city also has a stop that’s located around a 15-20 minute walk from the shrine.
Google maps can be a pretty reliable way to figure out how to get around Sapporo from your current location.
But once you locate the Fushimi Inari Shrine on the map, it’ll be better to set your destination as the “entrance” of the shrine.
It’s this street that you can go through the red torii gates.
The short trail (stairs) to the shrine basically start along the side of a normal road.
There is no entry fee for this shrine.
You can use your Kitaca card to get to the shrine
I took the tram to get to the shrine.
I was able to use the convenient Kitaca card, which is basically a recharge cash card.
If you’ll be in Sapporo for a few days and using public transportation, you might consider getting this card!
This will make it so you don’t have to individually pay for bus rides, subway rides, or tram rides. You can just swipe to pay.
If you’ll be in Tokyo or Kyoto before Hokkaido, you can use your suica, pasmo, or icoca card at most places that accept Kitaca cards.
Why else might you be in the area of the Fushimi Inari Shrine?!
Mount Moiwa (aka Moiwayama) is another reason to come to this area.
You can hike up to the top, or you can take a ropeway to the top.
Or you can hike one way and take a ropeway the other way!
No matter how you choose to get to the Mt Moiwa summit, you’ll be treated with some of the best city views of Sapporo!
A bit of what you’ll see with a visit to the Sapporo Fushimi Inari Shrine!
I made a visit here in mid-March and there was still some snow on the ground for some winter scenes in Sapporo!
HAPPY FUSHIMI INARI SHRINE VISIT IN SAPPORO!
How to spend winter in Japan
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Among the top 3 things people get specific for a trip to Japan
- JR pass for quick and easy long distance train travel (see price here and see here how to calculate train routes to figure out it's worth it for you)
- Pocket wifi to make travel in Japan easier (see price here)
- Travel insurance for natural disasters just in case especially for travel disruptions (see price here and see here for past natural disaster that affected foreigners)
Food in JapanIf you are in Japan for FOOD, then be sure to see where to try different types of Japanese food! (Sometimes for cheaper!)
And also have a look at some of these cooking classes in Japan too.
If you're looking for a route for winter in Japan, here are some ideas!
- 10 day Japan winter itinerary
- Tokyo to Nagano bus
- 2 days in Nagano with snow monkey pass // Stay at this Nagano hostel (private rooms available)
- A few days in popular ski resort area Hakuba (go here for at least a day even if you don't ski for the winter landscape in the mountains!) // Stay at this Hakuba hostel (private rooms available)
- Hakuba to Takayama (Hakuba to Matsumoto train / a few hours in Matsumoto / Matsumoto to Takayama bus)
- A few days in Takayama with day trips: Shirakawago / Shinhotaka ropeway on a sunny day // Stay at this Takayama hostel (private rooms available) and eat regional Takayama ramen
- Takayama back to Tokyo OR Takayama to Nagoya airport to fly to Hokkaido for more winter landscapes!
Hokkaido winter itinerary (train to get around - there are JR Hokkaido passes available, and you can use a regular JR pass too)
- Sapporo to Asahikawa (Asahikawa for penguin walk at zoo)
- Asahikawa to Abashiri (Abashiri for drift ice cruise)
- Abashiri to Obihiro (night in Obihiro and go to Lake Shikaribetsu ice village the next day)
- Obihiro to Sapporo
- Sapporo to Noboribetsu onsen hot spring town (day trip)
- Sapporo to Hakodate // Stay in this Hakodate hostel
- Hakodate to Tokyo on shinkansen bullet train through the underwater tunnel! (Regular JR pass will be worth it if you take this train ride along with one more long distance train ride within 7 days)
When the JR pass is worth itIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure. See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon. There have been a few typhoons that have hit Japan in the past couple of years and they can cause real travel disruptions!
See how much insurance costs for your trip.
More for your Japan itinerary
- 5 days in Kyoto
- Cost of climbing Mt Fuji from Tokyo
- Where to go for famous Mt Fuji views as seen in pictures
- Know before you go to Hiroshima
- One day in Miyajima with famous floating torii views
- 3 days in Okinawa, Japan's tropical islands
- Cherry blossom photo walk
- When is the JR pass worth it for train travel?
- Tokyo to Kyoto train
- Hostels in Japan