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Isuien Garden

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Address: 74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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+81 742-25-0781
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Wed - Mon 09:30 - 16:30

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This is a beautiful garden (s) for a peaceful stroll with the mountain in the background. If you are a gardener yourself you will certainly take away many ideas with you. You will... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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Hampshire, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a beautiful garden (s) for a peaceful stroll with the mountain in the background. If you are a gardener yourself you will certainly take away many ideas with you. You will find a few welcome moments of peace if you just sit a while and soak it all in.

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Paris, France
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A beautiful, tranquil zen garden definitely worth a detour for a quiet wander. Lovely moss patchworks.

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Thank lucykv
London, England, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Both the garden and the museum that comes with the entrance fee were quite disappointing. Having visited a number of Japanese gardens already, Isuien appeared to be somewhat neglected, which detracts from the beautiful landscaping. The Yoshiki-en garden next door was better kept. The museum is a two room affair with a very strong 1980s vibe to them. Overall, at... More 

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Langley, BC
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved strolling through this Japanese garden! So many special zen places! The garden was spectacular in the late spring but I have seen pictures of it in the fall when it is just as remarkable. A must see if you are visiting Nara and very close to Nara Park.

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Thank ladydocBC
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Must say, this was the best surprise of the day. It was raining a little, so we decided to stay for a minute. And it was wonderful. We struck the wooden gong for service and ordered two large beers while our baby crawled across the floor. It was more expensive than other gardens we've done (talking $9 US instead of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Isuien Garden in January and it was a cold day but the garden warmed our hearts and we soon forgot how cold the day was as we viewed this amazing example of a Japanese garden. Fortunately because of the time of year there were few people around and we had the whole garden to ourselves, well except for... More 

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Hong Kong
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's well organised and full of beautifully trimmed trees and plants. Water, moss, pebbles. It's quintessentially Japanese. Take your time here whatever you do.

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Thank ustaza
london
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112 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

round the corner from the Great Buddha we were greeted by a volunteer guide who offered to take us around. this is a borrowed garden with views of the surrounding mountains and temple visible through the trees. pretty ponds and teahouse

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Thank zachariah15
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

A Japanese Garden, really well-maintained. Visit in different seasons to enjoy the different feel, as the foliage changes colors. Relaxing and calm atmosphere.

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Melbourne, Australia
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

The garden was one of my favourite gardens that I visited on my trip to Japan. It's only a short walk from the Todai-ji and though relatively small in size, is definitely worth a visit. There is also a small museum opposite the gardens which you can skip if you are short on time. NOTE: Immediately next door to this... More 

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