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Isuien Garden

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Address: 74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-25-0781
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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One of the most iconic landscape of Japan, this garden represent all the beauty you can find in Japan. It is a must visit if you come to Nara.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Lea P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the most iconic landscape of Japan, this garden represent all the beauty you can find in Japan. It is a must visit if you come to Nara.

Thank Lea P
United Arab Emirates
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111 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Isuien Garden is about 10 minutes walking distance west of the Nandaimon Gate of the Todai-ji temple and covers nearly 3 acres. The garden is a combination of front garden- built in 1670's by Kiyosumi Dosei and back garden - designed by Seki Tojiro in early 20th century. Both gardens have pathways around ponds. There is a small entrance... More 

Thank 88Georgina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this garden 3 years ago and wanted to visit again. BUT, the garden is closed to the public whilst reconstruction is done. Visit Yoshikien next door which is free to foreigners.

Thank John S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2016

It is one of the most beautiful gardens (especially when the leaves turn red) we have seen on out trip, very tranquil. Isuien garden is located West of the Nandaimon Gate of the Todai-ji temple. The front garden is designed in the Edo period and the back garden is designed in the Meiji era. You can have lunch at the... More 

Thank Belgy11
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

There are reasons why this is classified as one of the country's most beautiful gardens. This private garden can be visited but at cost of 900 yen. In my opinion, it is worth the money. For the few that have rated this a poor attraction, it is apparent that they have missed the point about the tranquility, elegance and simplicity.... More 

Thank 172ejc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

It is the most tranquil place we've been on this trip. There aren't a bus load of tourist like in other attractions. You can spend time taking in the sights in the back and front gardens. Its well worth the 900Yen entrance fee

Thank BeachBumFromSG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2016 via mobile

Nice small Japanese garden for couple of hours. The guide explained us about the small buildings or place where tea ceremony is done. This was a private garden earlier now available for public. Many places to take a perfect photo especially during autumn. Good place to visit if you are in Nara for a day. I found some odd the... More 

Thank Manuel F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016 via mobile

These gardens are well worth the 900 yen to gain entrance. They are tranquil and in the late fall the colours are beautiful. The waterfalls are peaceful. I would skip the museum but the Isuien Garden is a good way to start your visit to Nara.

Thank Doug M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2016

You imagine a Japanese garden in the fall and then you get lucky and visit Japan during peak fall season. It's a gardener and a photographer's paradise - there's a fabulous photo op at every turn. I know many people come to Japan to see cherry blossoms in the spring but it is definitely worth visiting in the fall. I... More 

Thank Alison M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

Isuien is a gem of a garden. Every which way you turn, there is something beautiful and interesting to see. The garden is wonderfully sculpted, and the autumn colours are stunning. We had a photograph of a whole backdrop of red maple leaves. The garden path is well-marked, with options for you to take the flat terrain or the rockier... More 

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