Yukura Shrine has a history of 360 years and is a 10 minute walk away from Yunokawa Onsen area.
The background of the its enshrinement in unknown, but has been long worshiped warmly by the local Yunokawa citizens in favor of their food, clothing and housing. The “Inari” of Inari shrine comes from Ine-naru meaning “growth of rice”. “Naru” is a term meaning hope production and development given from the great nature. Its divinity favors business prosperity, huge harvest of the five grains, production development and charm against fire and accidents.
In the early Meiji period (otherwise said to be before Meiji), the Kounoike of Osaka came to Hokkaido with 50 pioneers to begin development. They built a branch shrine of the Hiyoshi Taisha of Hieizan in Otsu of Shiga prefecture at current 4-chome Hiyoshi-cho Hakodate city. Since the Sangyo (Industrial) road was widened, the shrine was moved into Yukura Shrine where it now stands.
The sacred tree of Yukura Shrine is the oldest Japanese yew tree in Yunokawa, said t be aged approximately 370 years. This tree is a preserved tree of Hakodate city. Also in the shrines premises are Japanese elm, Gingko, Japanese black pine, Acer mono and Chabohiba (Chamaecyparis obtusa var. breviramea), all preserved trees of the city.
"Gingko trees have strong vigor and treeform, their nuts “Ginnan” have high utility with abundant nutrition. Gingko are very familiar to Japanese people from long ago, they are symbols of perpetuation, health and longevity from ancient times. The “Gingko of connection” bears heavy with golden nuts, thus is said be a spiritual tree for “Bearing fruit”, “Match-making” and “Wish fulfilment”, all terms in Japanese including the word “Musubu” meaning “connect” or “bond”. In autumn, countless people visit the Shrine to pick up the nuts and benefit from the tree’s divinity.
Also, the Great Gingko of Yukura is said to be approximately 220 years of age, and is the largest of the premises as well a symbol of Yunokawa. Showing various colors in autumn, many visitors are seen recently to touch and pray to the tree to benefit from its great vitality."
Yunokawa onsen is famous throughout japan and is one of the 3 major hot spring villages of Hokkaido. From ancient times people have loved it as a famous hot spring, its origin starts from a lore known in Yukura Shrine. Details are as written in Pedigree. During the Hakodate War, Takeaki Enomoto of the Old shogunate army used this hot springs for curing sick and wounded soldiers as well as for himself. The etymology of Yunokawa comes from the Ainu term “Yupetsu”. “Yu” meaning “hot water”, “petsu” meaning “river”. Thus forms the Japanese name “Yunokawa” meaning “hot water river”. Back then, hot springs were seeping out from where the monument now stands. The spring consists of Sodium calcium chlorides and has a soft moist feeling. It has positive effects for nerve pains, rheumatism, stiff shoulder, backache and gastroenteropathy. The monument was made in 1947 by the Yunokawa club to commemorate the birth of Yunokawa Onsen.
A stone monument in memory of the local martyrs of national affairs during the Japanese-Sino War and the Japanese-Russo War. The Imperial Hometown Soldiers Associotion Yunokawa village branch, made by voluteers in the old Yunokawa village, built this monument in 1911. The symbols “忠魂” (read Chukon) was written by the former 7th Asahikawa division commander and later Field Marshal Yusaku Uehara. In 1955 it was moved into the Shrine, and now worships the 342 spirits of war dead until the Great East Asia War (commonly referred to as WW2) and the deceased of the service association established from the branch.
"The enshrined deity Onamuchi-no-kami (Okuninushi) and hares have a divine connection, in the myth “Hare of Inaba”, a sinful wounded hare is graced by the great god, and retrieves its health as well as its conscience. Ever since, hares are perceived to be holy beasts bringing good news.
In memory of the “Hare of Inaba” and in wish for visitors to graced widely by the deity’s divine virtues, the statue was installed in 2014 to commemorate the 360th anniversary of the shrine."
A gavel associated to the shrine’s deity Onamuchi-no-kami (commonly known as Daikoku-sama) favoring good luck and better fortune, wishes fulfillment, health and longevity and physical sturdiness.
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Board from Hakodate-Ekimae station (30 min. ride)
Get off at Yunokawa station and walk 1 min.
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