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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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  • Some silence, Namdaemun of Todai-ji Temple, mount wakakusa view of fewer tourists and beside the Todai-ji Temple, ponds around the room. I think a straw-thatched building House, tea room interesting travelers abroad.
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  • We could see how these gardens would be beautiful in season but we visited in winter and they were dry and brown. On the way out we ran into a man working at the gardens who told us in spring the cher...  more »
  • The visit in the ice storm. Is heard very good staff and the cold and the rain and from the scuttle and so ease slipping the garden. A shame. As to the normal evaluation. Instead, the neiraku Museum. Spacious 2-room Museum and even was. Exhibition's silly old signs. And judging from the size of the room was themed, interesting, and form another. Curve drawn loosely, and the building was built in the image of the yamatoya roots and what a lovely staff.
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  • Breathtaking! A must see if you go to Nara. The price (900¥) is steep, but it's worth it! However, if you're on a budget, check out neighboring Yoshikien Garden which (unlike this one) is free (for international tourists)!
  • Expensive admission, but worth it. A different feel from the Zen gardens of Kyoto, perhaps more of a gorgeous type rather than artistic and serene. Fully recommend that you should take your time to fully experience
  • Beatiful garden in Nara. We visited during autumn and the autumn color is very beautifull.
  • Pure elegance. No other words are needed. Nara is close to Kyoto: if you like this Garden you can’t miss Okochi Sanso Garden.
  • Beautiful landscape garden. Amazing colors during the autumn. Totally worth it despite the price of admission being a little bit expensive.

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