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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Airport/Sta.Nara Sta. (about 1.7km) Google Transit

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4.05 months ago

A beautiful example of a Japanese garden. Precision gardening with a spectacular choice of colours.

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

This garden I fantastic, in many ways a hidden gem among the busy park and surrounding area of Nara. I came here mid November, and the colors were amazing. I couldn't stop taking pictures! (I went through the garden twice just to enjoy it more!) Definitely recommended if you want to enjoy a moment of peace and tranquility even mid day on a Sunday. It can get busy outside with foot traffic, but once you pass through the entrance and enter the garden (admission area) it is a different world. The included museum admission is also interesting and a quick visit. I also recommend visiting the tea house/restaurant; Order some green tea and sweets to get the full experience.

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 ;)

5.0a year ago

Beautiful gardens with a tea room serving some food and drinks. Like most of Nara, it's peaceful with relatively few tourists. The autumn foliage is some of the best I've seen so far and no crowds of people taking selfies!

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