Known worldwide, the Shin-en Garden is a perfect example of a Japanese Garden from the Meiji Period. Laid out to surround the entire shrine grounds, and covering an area of 33,000m², the garden was completed by the founder of modern Japanese gardening, the 7th generation master Ogawa Jihei, (also known as "Ueji."). Visitors come to view the flowers in the garden throughout the four seasons. The weeping cherry trees (shidare zakura) in the southern part of the garden, with their pink blossoms reflected delicately on the surface of the pond, the more than 2,000 hanashoubu Japanese irises (Iris ensata var. ensata, over 200 species) blooming in joyous competition in early summer in the western part of the garden, and the more than 1,000 kakitsubata irises (Iris laevigata) blooming in the central part of the garden are especially famous. From the beginning to the middle of fall, the garden is adorned with the seven flowers of autumn, like the Nadeshiko (Dianthus) and Ominaeshi (Patrinia scabiosifolia) and Sarusuberi (crape myrtle; an Indian lilac): the southern part of the garden is particularly popular, drawing many tourists every year. In the late fall, when the autumn leaves appear on the hills of the Higashiyama range in the background, the Taihei-kaku Bridge Hall (also known as Hashidono) has a special atmosphere. In the winter when the ground is covered in snow, the garden displays a variety of beautiful winter scenes, such as the tea-ceremony room Choshin-tei, in the western part of the garden. Designated as a national site of great scenic beauty, the Shin-en Garden forms a landscape woven of beautiful flowers and architectural features that reminds us of the long gone days of the Heian Period.