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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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  • July 19, 2017
    I still cannot believe I paid ¥900 to visit this small, mediocre garden, which looks quite neglected. They are certainly not using this high entrance fee for the maintenance of the park. Quite frankly...  more »
  • July 11, 2017
    In my opinion, the most beautiful garden in the world!' In addition, the man who guided us voluntarily and free (jiro) was very nice!
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  • July 11, 2017
    Isuien garden is one of the most beautiful example of Japanese gardening art. Entrance fee a little bit higher than usual temple or museum entrance fees, however it is a place which offers to enjoy te...  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Admission ticket includes an entry to the pottery museum beside which i feel can forgo if you're on a tight schedule. Don't miss out on this Teletubbies land inside Isuien garden! It's amazing! I've been there in all seasons except winter and i have to say it's absolutely stunning in Autumn!
  • November 18, 2016
    Very very nice. It's called 依水院 meaning "next to the water" which is a very poetic and suitable name for this garden. Love the scene and its reflection in the pond. A must go garden if it's a sunny autumn day. Good to take picture in the morning due to the sunlight direction. Note: visit at 9-10 to avoid the crowd. Visit garden first before the museum to avoid the crowd.
  • June 23, 2017
    Worth going. Excellent old arifacts and jistory.
  • April 10, 2017
    The garden next door is free and just as nice. I was wary of a 900 yen entry fee but the reviews made me feel it was worth the fee. No. I feel cheated :(
  • April 10, 2017
    The free garden next-door is just as exquisite. Would avoid. (900 yen is just too much for what this is)

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The historic city of Nara has a welcome number of accommodations for an urban area of its importance and popularity. Close to the main train station stand the main high-rise hotels in the city, all towering over the commercial and modern district that greets train travelers on arrival. To the east, things get a little more luxurious, with hotels close to Nara Park particularly well-appointed and rich in additional facilities. Standard hotels stand in a cluster to the southeast of the old palace ruins, while a number of pleasant, no-frills guesthouses can be found in the residential suburbs.
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