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“A beautiful garden for rest and contemplation”
Review of Isuien Garden

Isuien Garden
Ranked #7 of 185 things to do in Nara
Certificate of Excellence
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Wellington, New Zealand
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“A beautiful garden for rest and contemplation”
Reviewed July 26, 2008

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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