Isuien Garden

Isuien Garden, Nara: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Isuien Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Isuien Garden
4.5
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,949 contributions
Lovely for Strolling
Oct 2019
We visited this Japanese strolling garden during early October 2019 and felt as if we had entered a series of paintings, because of the beautiful scenes. They ranged from water features, reflecting carefully tended greenery and a bright-blue sky, to picturesque tea houses. Well-maintained paths connect the front and back gardens.

The front area went in during the Edo era and the back materialized during the Meiji period. Both mesh well together. At the rear, we enjoyed seeing that nearby Todaiji temple's famous Nandai-mon Gate formed a backdrop. Though it was a hot, humid day, shade trees provided a cooling effect and benches beckoned for a brief respite. Few others strolled through the garden, which was a nice change from the hordes of tourists elsewhere in Nara for the day.

We opted not to visit the museum of art on the grounds, because of the limited time we had to spend in Nara. But we did have a delicious light lunch at Sanshutei tea house, where visitors can also stop simply for tea.

Two of our party-of-three had been to Nara before and had never visited this garden. That's one of the reasons why we put it on our itinerary, and we thoroughly enjoyed going there. But first-timers may prefer to spend their time on some of the more famous attractions, because they likely will be seeing Japanese gardens elsewhere. An admission fee was charged when we went.
Written September 26, 2020
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA964 contributions
overpriced
Jan 2020
A large garden, as Japanese gardens go, and divided into an "outer" and "inner" side. The garden and associated tea ceremony huts have been popular with Urasenke masters, and rich merchants entertaining artists of the day. I found it rather generic, definitely not worth the exorbitant charge (Y900). Never did I feel the sublime as I do when entering certain temple/palace gardens. The "exhibition" was disappointing - it shows a few medieval Chinese bronze mirrors and scrolls.
Written January 31, 2020
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terrythy
Bristol, UK237 contributions
Nice garden, nice situation away from crowds
Nov 2019
Situated between World Heritage sites of Kofukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple in Nara Park is a typical Japanese garden. During an extensive trip where you'll be visiting the gardens in Kanazawa, Okayama and various castle grounds, Isuien is not a necessary garden to see. It is of course beautiful if the wind is low and the waters reflect the natural world perfectly. If it's the only garden you'll be visiting from Osaka or Kyoto, wander around and see how the Japanese direct the enormity of nature so that it can be appreciated on a human scale.
Written December 22, 2019
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lagrenouille88
Dijon, France20 contributions
Wonderful garden
Nov 2019
Wonderful garden, secluded with different zones, better than some of the paying gardens we visited. The mosses are wonderful, and so were the momiji.
Written December 15, 2019
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Nobuko F
Yao, Japan194 contributions
The garden is divided into parts, one built in Edo Era style and the other in Meiji Era.the
Dec 2019
This garden is situated between Kofukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple (both are World Heritages) In Nara Prefecture. This garden has chactereistics of two different types of gardens in Edo Era and the Meiji Era. This garden represents a typical Japanese garden.The garden is a stroll style.around ponds.
Written December 10, 2019
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Charles J
Glasgow, UK555 contributions
Lovely garden
Nov 2019
This is a beautiful garden. It encapsulates much of what is important in Japanese garden design. Please do not miss it.
Well worth a visit.
Written December 2, 2019
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Dennis E
Leiden, The Netherlands114 contributions
Small, but beautiful
Nov 2019 • Couples
It's a small garden but has some nice views. Also, next to their entrance gate, on the right, is another garden which you can enter freely when you show your passport. visit them both and you have a nice 1,5 hour.
Written November 28, 2019
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PhilC466
Edinburgh, UK20 contributions
A haven of real beauty
Oct 2019
I used to go to Nara when I was on business trips to Japan. The city is great to escape the full-on insanity of Osaka, and this garden was my favourite place to come to. Returning as a tourist confirmed that my memories were not faulty. This is a truly special place.

Every view in the garden serves up something different and many are examples of the concept of "borrowed scenery", using the landscape outside the garden to complement what is inside. OK, it has an entry fee, but I don't know of anywhere else like it.
Written November 9, 2019
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christopher G
6 contributions
Great garden
Oct 2019 • Couples
Beautiful, tranquil gardens. A great window into the Japanese world. Totally great way to spend an hour or two.
Written October 10, 2019
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Otto L
Hayward, CA160 contributions
Peaceful garden with meandering trails
Sep 2019
This garden lived up to its expectations. A nice break from the crowds at the big Buddha temple. There are friendly docents that give history. We spent 1 hour taking pictures and walking the stone and dirt paths, over small bridges and stone paths that cross the scenic waterways. Just have to be there before 4:00.
Written September 28, 2019
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