Taihei-kaku is a beautiful wooden bridge crossing over the pond at Shin-en Garden in Heian Jingu Shrine. This bridge is not just a bridge, but a very sophisticated wooden structure featuring a small tower in the middle. The roofed passageway has long benches for sitting while you are walking over the bridge. The garden was designed and created by Ueji VII in 1895. He used water from Biwako Canal built in the Meiji Period (1890), stones from the legs of old bridges built in the Tensho Period (1573-1592), and the entire Taihei-kaku Bridge which was granted to the shrine as an Imperial gift. The best time to visit here is during cherry blossoms season in early April, and in June to enjoy the iris and water lilies.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。