Isuien Garden, located on the western fringe of Todaji Temple, is beautifully laid out and arguably the best garden in Nara 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(a technique of creating the greater space by incorporating distant elements of the surrounding 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.
Address : 74 Suimoncho, Nara
Access : a 15-min walk from Nara Sta.
Airport/Sta.Nara Sta. (about 1.7km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.06 months ago
This exquisite, contemplative Meiji-era garden features abundant greenery, ponds and walkways with stepping stones designed for each to be observed as you walk, to appreciate their individual beauty. Admisson covers the adjoining 'Neiraku Art Museum, displaying Chinese and Korean ceramics and bronze in quiet setting
5.08 months ago
Small but you should stay hours and enjoy the tranquility. “Expensive” is subjective, you can walk through it in 10 minutes, don’t. If you have time to relax, I recommend! If you’re a city folk, fast walk type person, stay out ;)
5.010 months ago
A hidden underrated place within touristy Nara. The Japanese garden is one of the most beautiful one I ve seen on our trip. It is like a miniature version of the big parks. With a real traditional tea house. The voluntary guide was very helpful and friendly.
5.09 months ago
Really beautiful Japanese garden. We stayed here for over 2 hours and took hundreds of photos! Would be great to see maple leaves in autumn here.
5.08 months ago
One of the best gardens in the world (i've been to many, i know what im talking about). From this one you'll get the real medieval samurai Japan. Every corner of the garden is different in some way and its beautiful. Must visit if you're nearby.