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Isuien Garden

74 Mima-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture, Japan
+81 742-25-0781
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Ranked #2 of 74 Attractions in Nara
Type: Gardens
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Pavia, Italy
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Not sure it is worth all the hype. Very nicely groomed, 2 ponds, but not sure what differentiates it from other gardens.

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Dublin, California
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52 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This garden itself is worth a visit to Nara. Not so easy to find, but if you have a map and GPS, it is not hard. There is an admission fee but worth it. When you enter the garden, you are presented with a stunning view already. Every few steps you take, you find a different angle or a changed... More

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Do visit sanshu restaurant for lunch when you're nearby. It's abit more pricy but you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning view in the hut while sipping on tea.

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Scotland, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

…where you would like to be lost for the rest of your life, - but at least reserve two or three hours for a visit, especially if you are a keen photographer

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Isuen Garden is a wonderfull place to be to tank energy and enjoy nature. I loved the entrence and loved waking arround the garden and each corder has someting to show: the river, the pond, the hill and even the fine restaurant is worth see

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The garden was absolutely silent and we had the whole place to ourselves, to wonder around past the streams, pond and mossy areas. A really great place to wander and enjoy the spring weather, and a great opportunity to take some photos with no other tourists in the picture.

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Newcastle, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful garden that we have seen in Japan, not so much crowd, very peaceful, and stunning landscape. Great colors in Autumn.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Isuien Garden is absolutely beautiful, especially the rear garden, where you can see Mount Wakakusayama and part of Todaiji in the background. We were there on Saturday during cherry blossom season and we still had the garden largely to ourselves. It was so peaceful to walk around and take in all the little details, like the moss and the shape... More

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Perth, Australia
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30 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
144 helpful votes 144 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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