Heian Shrine Garden was designed by gardener Jihei Ogawa who created the garden over a twenty year period. Species rare in Japan such as Acheilognathus cyanostigma, the Yellow pond turtle and the Japanese pond turtle live around the ponds here. The Naka Shinen or Middle Garden was constructed in 1895 formed around Soryu-Ike pond. The pond features Garyu-kyo, a walkway consisting of stone pillars and is surrounded by an expanse of irises. This strolling landscape garden is representative of Meiji Period garden design.
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