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.
5.0a month ago
A hidden underrated place within touristy Nara. The Japanese garden is one of the most beautiful one I ve seen on our trip. It is like a miniature version of the big parks. With a real traditional tea house. The voluntary guide was very helpful and friendly.
5.0a month ago
Really beautiful Japanese garden. We stayed here for over 2 hours and took hundreds of photos! Would be great to see maple leaves in autumn here.
5.02 weeks ago
One of the best gardens in the world (i've been to many, i know what im talking about). From this one you'll get the real medieval samurai Japan. Every corner of the garden is different in some way and its beautiful. Must visit if you're nearby.
5.05 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!
5.06 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.)