Japanese Garden at Taga Taisha - Taga Taisha Shrine is dedicated to the creator gods Izanami-no-mikoto and Izanagi-no-mikoto and the shrine has been listed Japan's oldest book the Kojiki. Visiting the shrine is said to bring long life, lucky marriage and the protection from evil. The shrine has been repaired many times though the shrine today is nearly the same as it was in ancient times. The entrance is marked by the Taiko Bridge - an arched stone configuration. On the north side of the Okushoin there is a Japanese garden that focuses on a pond garden. It is rare to be able to look out from the shoin over a garden and even more so considering that this is not a Zen Buddhist temple but rather a shinto shrine. This garden was sponsored by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The garden uses large stones all throughout the garden.