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.
Airport/Sta.Nara Sta. (about 1.7km) Google Transit
We guide this spot.
5.02 weeks ago
One of the highlights of my 3 week’s travel through japan. The garden is stunning, the atmosphere is magic and we also were lucky enough to get the guided tour for no additional fee! Whoever gave this place 1 star is a cave man. Each of the 900 yen is worth it. Thank you for an unforgettable experience!
5.0a month ago
Beautiful garden, meticulously kept. It is integrated in the landscape that makes a magnificent backdrop. You have to pay an entrance fee, but it is worth every yen. (Another garden, next to this one has no entrance fee, but don't be tempted to skip Isuien Garden if you're a real garden lover.)
5.0a month ago
Beautiful Zen garden. It is rather small but we still spent an hour taking in the scenery around 2 ponds, bridges, stepping stone paths and several small tea houses. Admission is 900 yen per person but we felt it was money well spent. Entry is from a street right outside of Nara Park.
5.0in the last week
Beautiful garden! Cost is a bit high but that also allows this garden to remain calm without being too crowded. Definitely worth it.
5.0a week ago
Loved the garden. Easy on the eyes. Not so much for the museum. Although you get acces both for museum and the garden when you purchase the ticket.