Tongu, an auxiliary shrine of the Sapporo Shrine(Present- Hokkaido Shrine), which was first erected in Maruyama in Meiji 4(1871), was built in Minami 2-jo Higashi 3-chome, Meiji 10(1878), for the convenience of its patrons who would have difficulty visiting the Sapporo Shrine during winter, when the snow was deep. The Sapporo Shrine Yohaijo(place to bow in the direction of Sapporo Shrine) was built on the property donated by Genzaemon Nakagawa.
It was said that by April of Meiji 15(1882), the shrine was revered by 800 households, the entire city of Sapporo.
For sixteen years, between Meiji 14(1881) and Meiji 30(1897), business affairs for Sapporo Shrine were conducted at this auxiliary shrine, and only festivities were held at the main shrine in Maruyama.
Thereafter, the Yohaijo was renamed “Tongu”, and on September 21, Meiji 39(1964), the Meiji Emperor was enshrined in the Sapporo Shrine. The name of the shrine was changed from Sapporo Shrine to Hokkaido Shrine, and thus the Tongu also became the Hokkaido Jingu Tongu.