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Isuien Garden, Nara

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Enjoy tea on tatami under the thatched roofs of Isuien Garden, admiring unparalleled panoramic views of an attractively manicured landscape next to Yoshikigawa River. Originally built in 1670, with Edo-period additions, this privately owned garden spans roughly 13,500 sq m (145,000 sq ft), and remains the only walking garden in Nara. The central pond features two islands with sculptures of a crane and a tortoise, representing longevity. You can visit the Neiraku Museum within the complex, featuring a collection of early East Asian art. Located in central Nara, the garden sits a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara station. See Isuien Garden and all Nara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nara online journey planner .
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  • The Isuien garden is stunning and a nice peaceful break from the crowds in Nara Park. We were given a small guided tour where we were told about the history of the garden and Japanese tea ceremony. Ou...  more »
  • This was the first Stop in lonely planets walking tour and we are so glad we decided to do it. For 900yen we got a wonderful little tour and explanation of the Japanese garden style, the Isuien’s uniq...  more »
  • Isui-en Garden is really nice in the spring with its cherry trees and the reflections on the water of the garden. Located close to the Todai-ji temple, I do both without problem in the morning without pressing me. I just think the price a little high in comparison to other gardens I've visited in Tokyo or Kyoto.
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  • A stunning garden in the popular city of Nara. Escape the crowds of tourists and lose yourself amongst the perfectly manicured gardens in this little slice of paradise. There is an entrance fee, but it’s well worth it to see this traditional Japanese garden.
  • The most beautiful garden we visited on our 2 week japan holiday. Was even more enjoyable with the free personal guide provided. Entry cost was around 900 yen but well worth it. You won’t find this as a highlight in most guide books but it is a hidden gem which must be seen if you are a fan of botanical gardens
  • Good traditional Japanese garden, bring a mosquito spray!!
  • Beautiful garden, extremely well kept and relaxing. The entrance fee of 900 yen is a bit high honestly, though is does include the nearby Neiraku museum...not as nearly interesting as the garden imho.
  • Nice open garden with roaming wild deers staring at you. If you are lucky, you might spot a crane or a turtle swimming in a pond. Watch out for deer poop though.
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