Isuien Garden
Isuien Garden
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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道中双六
Osaka Prefecture, Japan985 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
依水園に入るとすぐ「前園」です。池の向こうに「三秀亭」があります。いつもは料理を提供していますが、開園日の6月1日は茶会が催されていました。
更に進むと池の向こうに東大寺南大門の屋根と若草山を借景とする「後園」に入ります。
前園も後園も池の周りを散策して楽しむ「回遊式庭園」です。後園には水車小屋もあり涼し気に回っていました。
サツキの花は見頃を過ぎて汚くなっていました。
Written 2 June 2024
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Julie S
mossley344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
A lovely garden with lots of water reflecting the beautiful trees. It was so peaceful walking round the gardens looking at the plants and buildings. Well worth a visit.
Written 4 May 2024
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misanthropicdreamer
San Francisco, CA509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We came here to recover from the deer park. Nice quiet garden with little paths and a few benches to sit and relax. There is also a museum but we did not explore that.
Written 25 December 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK507 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A very scenic little Japanese garden away from the crowds. The entrance ticket also gives you admission to the Neiraku Museum. There's a tea house within the garden which gives you the possibility to further enjoy the tranquility of the garden while drinking matcha tea.
Written 26 October 2023
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loulou089
england437 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
So beautiful. I love gardens so this was a real treat. The walking around is easy and it is so quiet and peaceful.. Very well kept.
Written 15 October 2023
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MIchael L
New York City, NY102 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Beautifully laid out garden, away from the crowds and the deer. But for a blistering hot July day it was a bit disappointing. We did the loop in about 15 minutes. There was no place to sit, and really no shade to get any relief from the sun. So with all that, the 1,200 yen admission price is rather exorbitant relative to other attractions. But it must be stunning in April and October.
Written 4 July 2023
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Rainne_T
Singapore, Singapore554 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
A peaceful garden, though admission fee was a tad expensive. Even though it was winter when I visited, it's still very well maintained and looked very beautiful. There's not many people when I was there, but I suppose most would rather spend their time at Nara Park.
Written 20 May 2023
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Barry C
Sleaford, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
A short walk from Nara park, the Isuien
garden is well worth a visit. Entry price
is 1200 yen. With its sculpted trees, ponds
and bridges, the gardens must be beautiful
at any time of year. At the time of our April
visit, the garden was a riot of colour. A
multitude of rhododendron bushes were in
full bloom adding an extra dimension to this
serene garden
Written 24 April 2023
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daft punk
Toronto, Ontario156 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
If you're spending a full day in Nara and exploring this area, then definitely make a stop here. You can skip the pottery exhibit as it is quite underwhelming, just focus on the garden itself.

However, If you're already doing larger imperial gardens such as Katsura Villa, then skip this one.
Written 20 March 2023
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,682 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We visited this Japanese strolling garden during early October 2019 and felt as if we had entered a series of paintings, because of the beautiful scenes. They ranged from water features, reflecting carefully tended greenery and a bright-blue sky, to picturesque tea houses. Well-maintained paths connect the front and back gardens.

The front area went in during the Edo era and the back materialized during the Meiji period. Both mesh well together. At the rear, we enjoyed seeing that nearby Todaiji temple's famous Nandai-mon Gate formed a backdrop. Though it was a hot, humid day, shade trees provided a cooling effect and benches beckoned for a brief respite. Few others strolled through the garden, which was a nice change from the hordes of tourists elsewhere in Nara for the day.

We opted not to visit the museum of art on the grounds, because of the limited time we had to spend in Nara. But we did have a delicious light lunch at Sanshutei tea house, where visitors can also stop simply for tea.

Two of our party-of-three had been to Nara before and had never visited this garden. That's one of the reasons why we put it on our itinerary, and we thoroughly enjoyed going there. But first-timers may prefer to spend their time on some of the more famous attractions, because they likely will be seeing Japanese gardens elsewhere. An admission fee was charged when we went.
Written 26 September 2020
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