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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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Hidden gem in Nara

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
jewel146
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Ames, Iowa
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Ames, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
219 helpful votes 219 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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 reviews 4 reviews
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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Visited this garden in November. It is a lovely Japanese style garden and there were plenty of autumn colours showing up in the trees.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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109 reviews 109 reviews
78 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Entry fee is 900 yen (adults) 500 yen (teenager) for both garden and museum. It is not stressful to walk around in this medium size garden but not much flowers blooming as it is winter.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

November is a great time to visit since the foliage changes color now! Excepted for one cherry tree that is blossoming in Oct-nov (also now), get to the back of the property to find it. Worthwhile noting: volunteers from the YMCA offer free guided tours. Today Mrs. Yasuko did a fantastic job also explaining the 2 pine trees being M... More 

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