Isuien Garden

Sightseeing information about Isuien Garden in Japan.

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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.

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5.06 months ago

Beautiful gardens! Peaceful and quiet without crowds. While a bit pricey as far as gardens go (sen-en a person), the beauty of the well-maintained gardens more than made up for the price

5.06 months ago

You feel like in the story.

5.02 months ago

Worth my 1000yen entry ticket and 750 yen for macha.

5.0a year 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

5.0a year 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 ;)

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