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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 had a very nice experience with volunteer tour guide Hideyuki-san. He gave a great tour and very kind person! Thanks a lot!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

I had a very nice experience with volunteer tour guide Hideyuki-san. He gave a great tour and very kind person! Thanks a lot!

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San Diego, California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Isuien is located in central Nara and is divided into two parts, a front garden and a rear garden, with a number of tea houses, streams, waterfalls, and ponds scattered throughout. The front garden has a longer history, dating back to the early Edo period. The rear garden, the larger of the two, is more recent and was built in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This garden can be easily done in half an hour. Its very close to nara deer park so we decided to stop by. It may be small but it is stunningly beautiful. yes the 900Y fee is steep but the work that goes into this garden does make it worth it.

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Brussels, Belgium
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305 helpful votes 305 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I wouldn't understand somebody who doesn't like this garden. Quintessential Japanese garden. Perfection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

If you want to visit a typical Japanese garden you should definitely visit Isuien Garden. The entrance fee is quite expensive with 900 Yen but worth. You can see all the tree mountains around Nara from this Garden. You should sit down for a moment and enjoy the view and the peaceful surrounding. There are usually not that many tourists... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Gardeners work hard but don't overwork the garden; weeds are kept down but the other plants are allowed to grow just a bit wild. It makes for a really lovely result.

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Exton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

A nice Japanese garden. Small and interesting. Not more. if you are here, do not miss it. This is not the main attraction in Nara park.

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I could only give this 3 stars since it certainly is a beautiful and peaceful garden, in a land full of beautiful and peaceful gardens. Not as impressive as a place like Shukkein in Hiroshima. Full of tea houses around the lake, I would have given a higher rating if not for the ¥900 entry fee.

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Machida, Japan
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It is a private garden and has some very beautiful scenes. Great if you are a photography lover. Not sure it worth the money of 900 yen. But, it does offer a museum to watch and a locker to put your bags while you watch the park, FREE!

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McLean, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Not to be missed, especially if you've enjoyed some of the Kyoto gardens. Down the hill from Todaiji. In terms of must sees, I rank this just below the Kofukuji and Todaiji treasure houses (medieval Buddhist wooden sculptures) and above the Kasuga jina and certainly the Nara museum.

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Additional Information about Isuien Garden

Address: Address: 74 Mima-cho, Nara, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742-25-0781
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Nara Prefecture  >  Nara
Open Hours:
Sunday 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

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