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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5.02 weeks ago
A stunning garden in the popular city of Nara. Escape the crowds of tourists and lose yourself amongst the perfectly manicured gardens in this little slice of paradise. There is an entrance fee, but it’s well worth it to see this traditional Japanese garden.
5.03 months ago
The most beautiful garden we visited on our 2 week japan holiday. Was even more enjoyable with the free personal guide provided. Entry cost was around 900 yen but well worth it. You won’t find this as a highlight in most guide books but it is a hidden gem which must be seen if you are a fan of botanical gardens
4.02 months ago
Beautiful garden, extremely well kept and relaxing. The entrance fee of 900 yen is a bit high honestly, though is does include the nearby Neiraku museum...not as nearly interesting as the garden imho.
4.04 months ago
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.
5.02 months ago
Beautiful garden. Be sure and visit the garden next door, as well.