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Isuien Garden

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Address: 74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 742250781
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Wed - Mon 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Beautiful, peaceful garden

The beautiful, manicured gardens are not large but are a great place to escape the crowds, sit and have a few moments of peace. They are also cool, even on a hot, steamy day. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Jacky D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The beautiful, manicured gardens are not large but are a great place to escape the crowds, sit and have a few moments of peace. They are also cool, even on a hot, steamy day. The museum is very small and does not house much of great interest. If you are on a strict budget, rather than pay the 900 yen... More 

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Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Compare to the Great Buddha of Todaiji temple and over crowded photo shooting with deers in Nara park, this is the place where one can enjoy the peace and atmosphere of Zen. One can enjoy tasty ice-cream in the tea house overlooking the garden. For ones who has difficulties to sit on the tatami mat, they will provide ZAISU chair... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were completely charmed by this elegant and refined garden. We learned a lot from an EGG (English Goodwill Guide) who talked about the history, design, and plants.

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Thank MPLCORD
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very beautiful gardens within walking distance from Nara Park. Not free but worth seeing. Earlier in the morning right when the open is usually best to avoid mosquitos.

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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A tranquil garden close to highways and residences. Masterful creation of separate spaces, each with the sound of water and beautiful vistas. Entrance fee (about $10) also includes a small museum with a lovely collection of celadon ceramics (mostly Korean).

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Thank Judith G
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was quite a nice garden, and on the way to Todaiji temple. Beautiful and peaceful but not necessarily unique or the best among Japanese gardens. Not a must see for the admission price of 900 yen, which is on the high side compared to other attractions.

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Rowland Heights, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent about an hour here after walking about 15 minutes from Nara Park. There were hardly visitor when we were there so we strolled leisurely around the garden. It was tranquil and quite beautiful. If you have an extra hour, it is worth the time to visit Isuien Garden.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth a visit, this was one of the most beautiful settings in Japan. There were no crowds and it is a peaceful, lovely and historical garden.

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Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

More intimate than the larger public gardens. Lovely layout and planting with good borrowed landscape of the buildings in Nara park such as Nandai-mon gate, and the surrounding hills.

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Thank Aitku
Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

A beautiful and quiet Japanese garden with two ponds, nicely trimmed trees and thatched roofs buildings serving as tea houses or old rest houses. You can have a Japanese tea in the tea house while admiring the landscape sitting on tatami mats. The many maple trees make it certainly best seen during the red leaf season (November).

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