Isuien Garden
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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  • Rainne_T
    Singapore, Singapore545 contributions
    Beautiful garden, not very crowded
    A peaceful garden, though admission fee was a tad expensive. Even though it was winter when I visited, it's still very well maintained and looked very beautiful. There's not many people when I was there, but I suppose most would rather spend their time at Nara Park.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 20, 2023
  • daft punk
    147 contributions
    Short, beautiful, relaxing
    If you're spending a full day in Nara and exploring this area, then definitely make a stop here. You can skip the pottery exhibit as it is quite underwhelming, just focus on the garden itself. However, If you're already doing larger imperial gardens such as Katsura Villa, then skip this one.
    Visited November 2022
    Written March 19, 2023
  • Edward H
    Billericay, United Kingdom94 contributions
    Don't go here, go to the Yoshikien Gardens next door
    The Yoshikien Gardens next door are free to people with a foreign passport and are lovely. Save yourself a bit of money.
    Visited April 2012
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 23, 2012
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,169 contributions
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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MIchael L
New York City, NY98 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
Beautifully laid out garden, away from the crowds and the deer. But for a blistering hot July day it was a bit disappointing. We did the loop in about 15 minutes. There was no place to sit, and really no shade to get any relief from the sun. So with all that, the 1,200 yen admission price is rather exorbitant relative to other attractions. But it must be stunning in April and October.
Written July 4, 2023
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earwig
Wellington, New Zealand68 contributions
Isuien is widely regarded as one of the finest examples of "engineered" gardens from the Meiji period. It is an artful balance of wildness and order with pleasing views over a pond and a flowing stream and perspectives beyond to the hills behind Nara. There is a fine small tea-house on the property. This is a great place to escape from the bustle of Todai-ji Temple and to simply walk around and sit and contemplate the views. There is also a small museum with a fine collection of Chinese ceramics from many eras.
The Garden is about about 15-20 minutes walk from the Japan Rail Nara Station. It is a little hard to find and it would be a good idea to get directions before getting to Nara or at the very helpful information centre near Todai-ji.
Written July 26, 2008
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Baldrobe
London, UK214 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
A pretty Japanese garden with tea houses. Some peace from the nearby crowds. The museum is also worth a look.
Written April 18, 2019
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Linda R
Sydney, Australia712 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
The best Japanese Garden we have seen in this trip, we have been to Osaka, Nara, Kobe, Kyoto, Tokyo, this Isuien Garden has all the Japanese tea Garden feature in one.

It is not easy to find Isuien, it is so close to Todaiji Temple, but no signs to direct you, have to ask people around.

The Garden next to Isuien is free, but can't compare with Isuien. We've also been to Imperial palace in Kyoto and Tokyo, even Nijo Castle Garden is big, Ohkouchi Sensou Garden is nice, but still can't compare with Isuien. Isuien Garden has hills, trees, tea houses and water, and far away mountains, it has everything. Simply stunning and beautiful pictures at every corners of this garden.

We love it, will go there again for sure!
Written July 17, 2015
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jewel146
Broomfield, CO72 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
I stumbled across Isuien Garden while walking through Nara on my way to Todai-ji. The entrance fee was for both the museum and the garden, and while I was not very impressed by the museum, the garden definitely made up for it! The garden was extremely serene and fairly secluded. It was wonderful to escape all the chaos of the Nara deer park and enjoy a peaceful, traditional Japanese garden. The grounds were very well kept and there was a nice trail to walk along through the property. A definite must see in Nara!
Written March 22, 2015
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Charles J
Glasgow, UK581 contributions
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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David M
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia256 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
We visited the garden during winter-time. The main garden was closed but we were allowed into a smaller segment. Foreign visitors get to enter for free.

Not the best time to visit a garden during winter but the place still exudes serenity. Quite scenic despite bare trees.
Written January 1, 2018
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The5leesco
Denver, CO30 contributions
Aug 2016 • Family
If you are tight on time, go to yoshiki en garden next door. It's free for foreigners (show passport) instead of y900 here. It's smaller but similar.
Written August 12, 2016
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Ong H
Venice, Italy1 contribution
Do visit sanshu restaurant for lunch when you're nearby. It's abit more pricy but you get to sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning view in the hut while sipping on tea.
Written June 20, 2014
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