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.
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