Isuien Garden

Sightseeing information about Isuien Garden in Japan.

Isuien Garden3.5

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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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5.03 months 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!

5.02 months ago

One of the finest gardens in the country. There are carefully design views throughout. The incorporation of Todaiji Temple elements and further hillscapes in the background creates an illusion that stretches the imagination beyond the reality of the true surroundings. It’s one of the best examples of using surrounding features to create the impression that the garden flows into the landscape surrounding it whilst hiding the non-aesthetic things in between. Fall offers some of the best views but it’s worth coming throughout the year to see how it changes. If you know you’ll have multiple opportunities to visit, I recommend saving fall for the last visit, as a sort of crescendo. The museum at the entrance also has fascinating temporary exhibits And is usually worth the extra bit of money.

5.03 months ago

Beautiful garden! Cost is a bit high but that also allows this garden to remain calm without being too crowded. Definitely worth it.

5.04 months 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.)

5.04 months 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.

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