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Isuien Garden

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74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Isuien garden is stunning and a nice peaceful break from the crowds in Nara Park. We were given a small guided tour where we were told about the history of the garden and Japanese tea ceremony. Our guide was lovely and very informative.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first Stop in lonely planets walking tour and we are so glad we decided to do it. For 900yen we got a wonderful little tour and explanation of the Japanese garden style, the Isuien’s unique details and the general Japanese tea ceremony....More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed December 24, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Garden after visiting the Deer Park. A walkable distance from the park (via the underpass). We paid ¥900 per adult for the entrance fee which included a free ticket to a small pottery museum next to the Garden. It was a beautiful...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sparking G
Reviewed December 13, 2018

I tripped on this and am glad I did. Really nicely laid out and i was lucky to have some fall colors. It isn't large so you're not rushed going through it. A small museum which i did not go in. the gardens took up...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Warner L
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Family initially didn't want to pay the entrance fee of 900 yen, but came out feeling that this was one of the highlights in Nara. The concept of 'borrowing scenery' is in full display in the Garden. I think I enjoyed it more than the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kangli W
Reviewed November 6, 2018

On our arrival at the Isuien Garden we were approached by a delightful older man, Hiroyuki, who offered to take us on a tour of the garden. He is retired from work, and provides his services as a volunteer. His tour was informative and gave...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MaryAnneandKeith
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We loved this garden. It is beautiful and very calm and relaxing. It was nice to also get entry into the museum.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DoretteV
Reviewed November 1, 2018

If you only ever visit one Japanese style garden during your visit to Japan, make it this one. Interesting plants, features, watercourses, tea houses. Yeah, it's got the lot. Very enjoyable!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed October 28, 2018

This is near Nara Park so going here will not take you much time. I am stressed from work and so is my husband so our time here was well spent for meditation and good talk. This is not the best Japanese Garden however still...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

I spent several hours enjoying this garden during a recent stay in Nara. The grounds were lovely and very peaceful. The leaves were just beginning to turn, which added to the beauty of the place. I visited soon after it opened and it was not...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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July 14, 2018|
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Response from CelineBrussels | Reviewed this property |
I was there in April. I think it can be a nice place to propose. It is quite romantic. The garden is quite big and has different views. Go there beforehand and choose the right place. Wish you good luck with your... More
October 9, 2015|
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Response from Linda R | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jolly, You will find it is OK with stroller, you may need to hold baby here and there, because the path is not smooth like drive way. Hope it is helpful. Cheers, Linda
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Response from Joe A | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00) Closed Tuesdays (except in April, May, October and November), New Year holidays, Obon holidays Fees: 900 yen
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Nara Day Trip (11 Replies)
A group of us (6) are driving from Kawaju to Kyoto on 10th April (Sunday) and we intend to spend the afternoon in Nara Park, visiting Todaiiji Temple This is our first time to Nara so appreciate any advice on: 1) Read in a 2012 post that best place to park is the Kasuga Shrine Parking. Is this info still valid? 2) We arrive at about 1.30pm. Would we have time to visit Todaiiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine and the Isuien Garden. If not, what would be the best way to make use of this short time....More
March 06, 2016|
Response fromDLi_hk|
Kawaju ?? cud this be Kawazu in southern Izu or where else ?
Alicja K
6 days in Osaka region - help? (15 Replies)
I'm trying to wrap my mind to create a plan of what I with my fiance should see and how to organize it. We're planning to see Nara, Kyoto and Osaka - our stay will be in Osaka. This is our first visit to Japan (hopefully there will be more in the future :) ). We're coming after Golden Week - 10-16 May. So far I've managed to figure out a few places we 'need' to see. Would love it if you guys could add some places to the list, or maybe even help organize them in some order. Nara: - The...More
March 07, 2018|
Response fromBargainhunter|
In Osaka, I would recommend the Museum of Oriental Ceramics. If you're going to the castle, the Osaka International Peace Center has exhibits about what Osaka experienced during World War II.
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Based in Kyoto, Day trip to both Nara and Osaka? (6 Replies)
I will be based in Kyoto for 4 nights and based on responses on TA and from friends, I should stay 3 days just exploring Kyoto. With that said, is it possible to do a day trip to both Nara and Osaka before heading back to our hotel in Kyoto for the evening? From what I have read, it might be possible but it is a tight squeeze. I wanted to see if anyone else has done this exact same feat? In Nara, I would like to see the Todaiji Temple, Isuien Garden, Horyuji Temple and possibly the Kasuga...More
September 21, 2010|
Response fromhzn240|
Thanks for your input. Yes I mean in a single day to cover both cities.