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Address: 74 Mima-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-25-0781
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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I visited in April in the rain and the cherry blossoms were out. It was lovely. I would like to see it a few weeks later when the azaleas are blooming. You must see this garden... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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South Hamilton, Massachusetts
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62 reviews 62 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I visited in April in the rain and the cherry blossoms were out. It was lovely. I would like to see it a few weeks later when the azaleas are blooming. You must see this garden and have tea in the tea house!

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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

With Cherry Blossoms in full bloom, this traditional Japanese garden provided a lovely atmosphere for a stroll and a break from the crowds of Nara park. The beautifully delicate landscaping is interesting to explore and neat surprises are all around. Highly recommended.

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Wanaka, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

trying to kill a few hours in the rain we found this little gem..take advantage of the free guides.. yes really free not a scam….you learn so much from them

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Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I stumbled across Isuien Garden while walking through Nara on my way to Todai-ji. The entrance fee was for both the museum and the garden, and while I was not very impressed by the museum, the garden definitely made up for it! The garden was extremely serene and fairly secluded. It was wonderful to escape all the chaos of the... More 

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London
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105 reviews 105 reviews
23 attraction reviews
222 helpful votes 222 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is what a Japanese garden should be. It is immaculately kept and most refined and delicate, with some lovely detail at every turn. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and I spent the day in Nara today which was a welcome adventure away from Kyoto (which has been quite dissapointing). We visited Isuien Garden as part of a guided free tour by a lovely man Tetsuo who works for the NPO Nara Guide Club. Even though today's temperature fell to 0 the garden was beautiful and tranquil... More 

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Shanghai, China
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Very nice garden, in Nara park. Very quiet and relaxing, to rest a bit from the crowds visiting the rest of places. The ticket is a bit expensive (900 ¥) but includes the museum with some beautiful art from XVII and XVIII century

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Toronto, Canada
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

There was only 2 other people there when I visited. The entrance was quite expensive at 900Y but this included a free guided tour (in excellent english) and the small museum next door. Wonderfully manicured garden...and great example of thatched Japanese buildings

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We enjoyed exploring this traditional Japanese garden, which although in January was still quite lovely.

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South Pasadena, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
14 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This garden is the quintessential, gorgeous, immaculate Japanese garden. It has everything you would want in a Japanese garden: calm, serene spots; lovely vistas; some historical structures; contemplative scenery; beautiful plants and trees; and, water features. The scale is not too large, but large enough to create a good stroll around the grounds.

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