Similar to other Shinto shrines in Japan, there is always a torii (Shinto gate) at the entrance.
Just a few steps inside the torii resides the arch bridge Akabashi (Red Bridge) spanning across the canal joining the two ponds of the temple garden. However, it is not in red colour anymore like it used to be. This bridge was strictly for the use of the shogun only. It is still close to the public until today.