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Isuien Garden

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Address: 74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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A beautiful garden

The garden was one of my favourite gardens that I visited on my trip to Japan. It's only a short walk from the Todai-ji and though relatively small in size, is definitely worth a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The garden was one of my favourite gardens that I visited on my trip to Japan. It's only a short walk from the Todai-ji and though relatively small in size, is definitely worth a visit. There is also a small museum opposite the gardens which you can skip if you are short on time. NOTE: Immediately next door to this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

One of the most iconic landscape of Japan, this garden represent all the beauty you can find in Japan. It is a must visit if you come to Nara.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

The Isuien Garden is about 10 minutes walking distance west of the Nandaimon Gate of the Todai-ji temple and covers nearly 3 acres. The garden is a combination of front garden- built in 1670's by Kiyosumi Dosei and back garden - designed by Seki Tojiro in early 20th century. Both gardens have pathways around ponds. There is a small entrance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

We visited this garden 3 years ago and wanted to visit again. BUT, the garden is closed to the public whilst reconstruction is done. Visit Yoshikien next door which is free to foreigners.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

It is one of the most beautiful gardens (especially when the leaves turn red) we have seen on out trip, very tranquil. Isuien garden is located West of the Nandaimon Gate of the Todai-ji temple. The front garden is designed in the Edo period and the back garden is designed in the Meiji era. You can have lunch at the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

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 that have rated this a poor attraction, it is apparent that they have missed the point about the tranquility, elegance and simplicity.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 worth the 900Yen entrance fee

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Nice small Japanese garden for couple of hours. The guide explained us about the small buildings or place where tea ceremony is done. This was a private garden earlier now available for public. Many places to take a perfect photo especially during autumn. Good place to visit if you are in Nara for a day. I found some odd the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

These gardens are well worth the 900 yen to gain entrance. They are tranquil and in the late fall the colours are beautiful. The waterfalls are peaceful. I would skip the museum but the Isuien Garden is a good way to start your visit to Nara.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

You imagine a Japanese garden in the fall and then you get lucky and visit Japan during peak fall season. It's a gardener and a photographer's paradise - there's a fabulous photo op at every turn. I know many people come to Japan to see cherry blossoms in the spring but it is definitely worth visiting in the fall. I... More 

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