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Isuien Garden

74 Mima-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-25-0781
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Ranked #2 of 66 attractions in Nara
Type: Gardens
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Perth, Australia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Hidden away in Nara is Isuien Garden where you can retreat from the madness of deer and tourists in Nara Park to grab a few moments of quiet reflection. A traditional Japanese garden with hidden rooms and winding paths, ponds, a water wheel and tea house, you can't hear the hustle and bustle of the major temples just a few... More

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Vienna, Austria
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This garden is paradise. We came here after visiting the busy Tōdai-ji with thousands of other tourists right around the corner. And here - silence. We have been almost alone in this wonderful place with it's lakes and beautiful pavilions. A must see for everyone visiting Nara!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Peaceful, and lots to see in the garden. Its a good place to get away from the crowded spots in Nara. While I do feel that it is like most Japanese gardens, there are certain areas that differ from the rest such as moss gardens, places that seem like forests from fairy tales, a Shinto shrine etc. Go check it... More

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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58 reviews 58 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Partitioned in several areas this very old garden has breathtaking spots and a nice view on the Todaiji temple. One of Nara's main attractions and not to be missed.

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Beirut, Lebanon
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

it's the best garden I have ever seen or step my foot into! Beautiful is a small word to describe this garden! It's an experience!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

This is a lovely garden, very peaceful and easy on the eyes. You can get around the garden in less than one hour, but try to allow more time and relax - you will enjoy the experience much more. It is so easy to get distracted in Nara as there are so many attractions; this is probably the most peaceful... More

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Menlo Park, CA
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19 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We didn't expect to see such a lovely formal garden in Nara. We were there in mid-October, and there were a few trees that had already begun to turn. It would be spectacular in mid-Nov. The adjoining museum of ancient artifacts is worth a short visit as well.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

My husband now says that when he needs to think of a happy place this (and the other beautiful place place next door) are where he's thinking of.... Can not help make anyone feel like there is nothing wrong with the world! Beautiful tranquil place.

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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

In this oasis of tranquility you're constantly surrounded by magnificent nature incl. various ponds, stone paths, pavilions and gardens, etc. Trees and flowers blossoming during Sakura left me stunned and the atmosphere was very special indeed. Close proximity to Nara Park made this walk enjoyable allowing me to take some nice photographs on the way. Yoshikien Garden next door is... More

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New York City
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126 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

This garden is incredible. It’s a quintessential Japanese garden with wonderful vistas, ponds, traditional buildings and foliage. Come here at the start of your walking tour of Nara to set the right tone for the day. The nearby Yoshiki-en garden is free, unlike the Isui-en, but it pales in comparison to the beauty of Isui-en.

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