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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. Put Isuien Garden and other Nara attractions into our Nara holiday planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • There are reasons why this is classified as one of the country's most beautiful gardens. This private garden can be visited but at cost of 900 yen. In my opinion, it is worth the money. For the few th...  more »
  • It is the most tranquil place we've been on this trip. There aren't a bus load of tourist like in other attractions. You can spend time taking in the sights in the back and front gardens. Its well wor...  more »
  • Within the Nara Park don't miss a stop at this beautiful garden created in the late 19th century, certainly the most beautiful garden in the city. Do not miss even a visit to the small museum Neiraku with beautiful Korean ceramics and Chinese bronzes. The ticket costs 650 YEN. Open from 9.30 to 16 every day except Tuesdays. It is closed during the end of year holidays and reopen on 8 January, like many other museums in Japan.
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  • Beautiful and tranquil gardens with Todaiji and Mount Wakakusa as backdrops. Visit this place in the morning instead of Todaiji and you will be rewarded with smaller crowds.
  • Very beautiful and peaceful Japanese garden. 900 yen entrance fee is pretty expensive but it's worth it just for the gardens, the museum is included in the price but it's pretty underwhelming.
  • This garden is at the back of the place people goto in nara. But so worth walking to 12-15 minutes. Enjoy the breath taking traditional Japanese garden setup like most of us dream of to have back home
  • Our most favorite garden in Japan. We think it is better than most of famous gardens in Kyoto. Cozy, humane, sensitive, vibrant, creative. It also has a small but precious museum.
  • Isuien Garden is a must-see if you're in Nara. It's the only walking garden in Nara and it's beautifully preserved. They charge an admission fee of about 900JPY but the scenery is worth it.