In the northernmost part of Hokkaido, which was long known as Ezochi (Ezo region),
there was once a large evergreen forest. Because of the forest, it was difficult for people to develop the area and live there. The Hokkaido Shrine was established in 1869 in order to encourage settlers who lived in the harsh land and to wish for reclamation and development. During the Meiji Period, it was decided to make this place a serious settlement, so the shrine was dedicated to the brave settlers who lived there. At the time of it's establishment, "Kaitaku Sanjin" (the three deities of the Hokkaido reclamation), were enshrined, but in 1964 the "God of Emperor Meiji" was also enshrined here, which effectively meant that the four pillars of God were enshrined at the Hokkaido Shrine. This nature rich precinct is also well known as the best power spot in Hokkaido, and is beloved by many citizens. During the time of Hastumoude (the practice of visiting a shrine or a temple during the New Year), and cherry blossom-viewing, it is crowded with many people. Moreover, it is said that those who visit the shrine will be granted luck in their businesses, prosperity of their descendants, and good fortune with their money, since the god of cultivation is enshrined here.