Yasukuni Jinja

Guide to Inner GardenShinchi Teien (Sacred Pond Garden)

Records indicate that after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake, water from this strolling garden with a central sacred pond was drawn to put out nearby fires. Created early in the Meiji era, the garden’s restoration in 1999 led to it being rediscovered as one of the finest in Japan.
Follow the stepping-stone path, and you will find a waterfall with a rock arrangement as well as three teahouses (Senshintei, Seisentei, and Kountei) standing between the trees.
The colorful carp swimming gracefully in the pond are native to Niigata Prefecture.
They are descended from ones donated in 1982 to commemorate the beginning of service on the Joetsu Shinkansen, along with honoring the enshrined spirits and praying for a good harvest.