Built in 1905, this shrine stands quietly amidst the lush green hills overlooking Jozankei Onsen. In spring, Ezoengosaku (Corydalis ambigua) flowers bloom along the approach to the shrine, and in autumn, it becomes a famous fall foliage spot. The trailhead to Mt. Yuhi is located at the back of the shrine grounds, making the shrine a place of relaxation for hikers.
The shrine is said to have been established in 1905 when seven settlers protected the therapeutic baths built by Miizumi Jozan, the founder of Jozankei Onsen. Efforts were then made to develop this uninhabited area which led to the creation of Jozankei.
In 1918, the main shrine was rebuilt in the Shinmei-zukuri style using unfinished wood. It enshrines the five pillars of “Onamuchi-no-kami,” “Sukunabikona-no-kami,” “Oyamazumi-no-kami,” “Kanayamahiko-no-kami,” and “Miizuhame-no-kami.” In 1950, Miizumi Jozan, a monk who laid the foundation of Jozankei Onsen, was enshrined (enshrined together as gods).
Currently, Jozankei Shrine does not have a resident priest; instead the priest of Miyoshi Shrine in Chuo-ku in Sapporo, concurrently serves as the priest for the Jozankei Shrine Festival, held every year, with the Yoimiya-sai (Eve of the Grand Festival) on September 9th, and the Rei-sai (Grand Festival) held the following day on the 10th.
At the back of the grounds is a monument to Bato Kanzeon Bosatsu and a trailhead leading to Mt. Yuhi. The monument in front of the shrine’s torii gate reads, “In commemoration of the visit of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress.” (*Crown Prince Hirohito, the Emperor Showa)
There is no goshuin stamp, but you can get a stamp at the Jozankei Tourist Information Center (open 9:00-17:00).
How to worship at a shrine
- Bow once before entering the torii gate.
- It is respectful to walk along the edge of the path as the center of the path is where the gods walk.
- Toss your money in the offering box.
- After ringing the bell, bow deeply twice and clap your hands twice.
- Then make a wish and pray.
- Bow deeply one more time once you’re done praying.
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