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Isuien Garden, Nara

4.3
#2 of 19 in Parks in Nara
Enjoy tea on tatami under the thatched roofs of Isuien Garden, admiring unparalleled panoramic views of an attractively manicured landscape next to Yoshikigawa River. Originally built in 1670, with Edo-period additions, this privately owned garden spans roughly 13,500 sq m (145,000 sq ft), and remains the only walking garden in Nara. The central pond features two islands with sculptures of a crane and a tortoise, representing longevity. You can visit the Neiraku Museum within the complex, featuring a collection of early East Asian art. Located in central Nara, the garden sits a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara station. See Isuien Garden and all Nara has to offer by arranging your trip with our Nara online journey planner .
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  • Situated between World Heritage sites of Kofukuji Temple and Todaiji Temple in Nara Park is a typical Japanese garden. During an extensive trip where you'll be visiting the gardens in Kanazawa...  more »
  • Wonderful garden, secluded with different zones, better than some of the paying gardens we visited. The mosses are wonderful, and so were the momiji.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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
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