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Sapporo Susukino Travel | Things to Do

One of Japan’s major nightlife districts, the lively Susukino also offers several historic temples and shrines dating back to the late 19th-century where you will see another face of the town.


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 1.5km south of Sapporo Station across Odori Park (500m)

Highlights Susukino Crossroads, Historic Temples

Tourist Information Susukino Tourist Association (すすきの観光協会): www.susukino-ta.jp


01 LANDMARK

Susukino Crossroads

すすきの交差点 / S4W4, Chuo-ku

Located in front of the tram stop, the grand-scale Susukino Crossing is highly photogenic night spot and the Nikka sign is the most famous. 


02 SHRINE

Toyokawa Inari

豊川稲荷 / 1-1 S7W4, Chuo-ku / 24hrs / FREE

Founded in 1898 as a branch of Toyokawa Inari in Central Japan, this shrine’s construction fund was donation from Susukino’s restaurants, playhouses and geisha (traditional female entertainers) houses. It is a syncretization of Shinto religion and Buddhism. The ground floor is a buddhist temple, and the second floor is a shinto shrine.


03 TEMPLE

Naritasen Shin’ei-ji

成田山新栄寺 / S7W3, Chuo-ku / 7.30am-4pm / FREE / sapporo-naritasan.jp

Established in 1885 as a branch temple of Naritasan Shinsho-ji (in Chiba Prefecture), the traveler-friendly Shin’ei-ji has modern and splendid building (rebuilt in 2003). O-goma (sacred fire ceremony for Fudo) held every morning at 8am (8.30am Dec-Mar), as well as 2pm on weekend.
The Komyo-den (光明殿) on the ground floor is a marvelous hall that houses countless buddha statues. You can go down the stairs from an indoor temple shop.



04 TEMPLE

Chuo-ji

中央寺 / S6W2, Chuo-ku / Dawn-dusk / FREE

Chuo-ji is the branch temple of Eihei-ji (Soto sect in Fukui Prefecture) founded in 1874 and relocated here in 1892. The wooden main gate has a pair of Nio Guardians (also called the Kongo Rikishi Statues: fierce guardian god).


05 TEMPLE

Shin-Zenko-ji

新善光寺 / S6W1, Chuo-ku / Dawn-dusk / FREE

Founded in 1884, Shin-Zenko-ji is Hokkaido’s home temple of the Jodo (Pure Land) sect. Inside the main building, Amida Nyorai Statue is said to be curved in the 12th-century (late Kamakura period) and relocated from Kyoto’s Jokoku-ji Temple in 1964 when the current temple hall was complete. The entrance is at the temple office on the left hand.


06 LOCAL HISTORY

Sapporo City Archives Hall

札幌市公文書館 / Sapporo-shi Kobunshokan / 5-2 S8W2, Chuo-ku / 8.45am-5.15pm / Closed Sun & Mon / FREE / www.city.sapporo.jp/kobunshokan

In an old elementary school building a few minutes’ walk south from Hosui-Susukino subway station, Sapporo’s archives hall has a small galleries with rare old photos, maps and postcards. Don’t miss the documents for the cancelled 1940 Winter Olympics.



SUSUKINO MAP


GETTING THERE

SUBWAY: Nanboku subway line stops at Susukino and the Toho subway line stops at Hosui-Susukino. Both stations are one stop south of Odori.

TRAM: The circumference tram stops at Susukino at the photogenic crossroads.


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