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Address: 74 Mima-cho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 742250781
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Serene garden with a virgin view

One of the gardens you can visit in Nara park. We were lucky that there are a couple of very nice Japanese elderly who offered to gave us a tour of the garden, which made us fully... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Manila, Philippines
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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

One of the gardens you can visit in Nara park. We were lucky that there are a couple of very nice Japanese elderly who offered to gave us a tour of the garden, which made us fully appreciate the design and the history of the place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We found this place recommended in the guidebook. It was quite tricky to find, and we almost gave up at one point... We were very glad we didn't. It was our favourite spot in Nara, tranquil, spiritual and painstakingly well maintained. Not as popular as the main attractions, but that added to its beauty. Well-worth a trip if you enjoy... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

We were here on a hot day in summer. A little disappointed that there wasn't much blooming, but still worth a 30 minute walk through to get away from the world.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

The best Japanese Garden we have seen in this trip, we have been to Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Kyoto, Tokyo, this Isuien Garden has all the Japanese tea Garden feature in one. It is not easy to find Isuien, it is so close to Todaiji Temple, but no signs to direct you, have to ask people around. The Garden next to... More 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Really don't understand why this garden is rated so high, there are way better gardens in the Kansai area. Maybe because we visited in June, but still, in the fall or spring other places would be prettier too. Anyways, I thought the Manyo/Shinen Botanical garden was more interesting than this.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This was one of the most beautiful gardens we saw on our trip - and we saw a lot of gardens! It is not a huge garden but big enough to spend maybe up to an hour wandering around. There are two large ponds, front and back with fabulous landscaping, trees, shrubs, rock features etc. Definitely worth seeing before or... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My wife and two sons visited back in April. We spent around an hour here before going over towards Todai-Ji. The garden is beautiful and picturesque. We were fortunate enough to have a tour guide show us around (free of charge and refused to take payment!) and he was very informative. This in itself made the visit worthwhile as he... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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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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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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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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