Isuien Garden, located on the western fringe of Todaji Temple, is beautifully laid out and arguably the best garden in the city. It is divided into two parts, a front garden dating from the mid-17th century, and a rear garden created in the late 19th century by a wealthy merchant. The front garden has a teahouse offering green tea and sweet red bean soup (zenzai), and the rear garden is reputed for its "borrowed landscape" of Todaji Temple's gate and nearby hills as a backdrop to the sprawling lawns.
There is a small museum attached to the garden that displays a collection of pottery and other artefacts from Korea and China. This spot is relatively unknown to tourists and you can enjoy a serene and relaxed atmosphere even at the time of autumn foliage colors.
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5.05 months ago
The posher and more tourist-popular of the pair of gardens next to each other. This garden is exquisitely maintained and provides enjoyment in all seasons. High summer is probably the least interesting, as the garden is not really a flower-focused establishment, or should not be interpreted as one. There would also be a lot of mosquitoes so be careful about insect repellents if you don't like them.
4.0in the last week
Nice open garden with roaming wild deers staring at you. If you are lucky, you might spot a crane or a turtle swimming in a pond. Watch out for deer poop though.
5.05 months ago
Very peaceful place probably because there is 900Y entrance fee.
I enjoin it a lot because the garden is quit spacious and very well maintained. Good for power stop after all day of sightseeing. You can seat down and just look at the lake for a moment or 1h.
4.02 months ago
Isuien Garden is a Japanese garden located in the central of Nara and it was created during the Meiji era. The garden featured many elements of life and strike balance in Japanese culture. It has water area, surrounded by mountains and garden. In the central pond of the gardens, there are two islands with sculptures of a crane and tortoise. These animals are significant in Japanese culture which represent longevity. The surroundings area which is near by Kasuga shrine and Todaiji temple together with mountainous landscape enabled this garden to have a "borrowed landscape" and this producing a landscape blend in visual harmony. The area looks more harmony as there is no artificial items around.
5.02 months ago
Absolutely stunning. Definately worth the entry fee. Although if you're a foreigner and want to avoid the fee there is a smaller garden next door that is free for foreigners. Went just after opening on a monday and pretty much had the place to myself. Great for photography but the constant changes in light can be a bit annoying due to needing to change settings. Overall, definitely worth a visit