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

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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank BeachBumFromSG
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Thank Manuel F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

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Thank Doug M
Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Ale C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Two minutes after deciding not to pay $18 for two of us to view another garden, we found Isuien-free to International tourists. It was absolutely stunning. The flowers were not in bloom up in the floral garden, but we were there in peak leaf changing season in a bit of rain in mid-November and it was absolutely one of the... More 

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Thank Debi K
Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Japan for the autumn leaves photography and we were not disappointed our expectations were exceeded.This garden was amazing not many tourist in the garden during our visit. They are sometimes shut on Tuesdays so check at tourist office before you go. Cost expensive $1800 y for 2 but well with it The museum entry included in ticket... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't go home from Nara if you haven't visit this place. This Garden is simply breathtaking. The garden is very beautiful and peaceful. There's a café shop that overlooks the garden wherein you can order coffee, tea or even beer and appreciate the beauty and peacefulness of the place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pay to enter. Price covers the garden and museum. Shares a fence with Yoshikien garden next door which is free for tourists. Guy at ticket booth not friendly.

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