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Isuien Garden

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

A typical but stunning Japanese Garden with wonderful views of the mountain. Small and compact, quick and easy to visit.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ruaraidhh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This garden is slightly off the beaten track (from JR Nara to Todaiji). However, do note that the admission is rather expensive at ¥900. The garden is well maintained and beautiful, giving you a typical Japanese Zen feeling. Be sure to spend some time here...More

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

We paid 800 yen or so to enter these private gardens. We took advantage of the volunteer English guide who explained a bit about the gardens. Her English was not too advanced to answer detailed questions though. The gardens are a must see and do....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Madshus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My initial response to the entry price was that it was too expensive but with the personal guide it really was a great experience. Despite it being Winter I still saw many features. The guide pointed out many things that I would have walked past....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Roamers46
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful garden in every season! Even in winter, it offered us some charming views. Besides, there is an atmospheric tea house with traditional desserts and matcha) Besides, Yoshikien garden is just a few steps away, and it’s free for foreign visitors!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CatherineBulg
Reviewed February 3, 2019 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 February 2, 2019 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
Thank brendanmU5136VV
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
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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