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Isuien Garden

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74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is the best garden I had seen on my recent trip to Japan. I was not into gardens, until this one. It is small, but picturesque and tranquil. I like it much better than many other overestimated gardens such as Kenrokuen. If you are...More

Date of experience: April 2013
1  Thank kiwiandorange
Reviewed April 24, 2013

Its a small garden, but is manicured with trees, plants- all well placed. It is bordered by what I call a Forest-hill which emits a nice pine forestry scent. There is a private garden with a pond towards the end, to which you may enter...More

Date of experience: April 2013
2  Thank TRavelBug232323
Reviewed April 23, 2013

This garden was probably my favorite of the many gardens we visited in Japan. Something about the view looking from the teahouse over the pond to the trees and hills, there is not an unpleasant thing in sight. Everything seemed so balanced and lovely from...More

Date of experience: April 2013
1  Thank IdahoD2
Reviewed March 12, 2013

What a beautiful place! It is lovely to walk around and just sit and relax in this garden. You can see part of the magnificent Todagi temple in the distance. There are lots streams and wonderful sculpted plants, flowers and trees and a water wheel....More

1  Thank TWGLondon
Reviewed September 10, 2012

For nature lovers and get the chance to see a real Japanese garden. Very pretty and close to it there another one, smaller, and free. I went to the botanic garden too and well not worth a visit. The Isuien is much better.

Date of experience: September 2012
1  Thank Happy_Mag
Reviewed August 10, 2012

From the outside the gardens look very unimpressive..as are the front part of the gardens once you enter. So much so that I felt ripped off when we entered the front garden. However, then you walk around to the back/main garden and are simply stunned...More

1  Thank djgordon_1
Reviewed July 6, 2012

Ok, 600 yen cover charge seems high for a small garden, but the garden is peaceful and just another 'I'd like to have a garden like this at home'.

Date of experience: July 2012
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Reviewed April 23, 2012

The Yoshikien Gardens next door are free to people with a foreign passport and are lovely. Save yourself a bit of money.

Date of experience: April 2012
12  Thank Edward H
Reviewed April 23, 2012

Peace will enter your heart when you enter this garden. A perfect example of a borrowed scenery garden the grassy hill behind the garden is echoed in tje smaller mound inside the garden. I was just there,cherry blossoms time,but don't go for the blossoms here,go...More

Thank Truffie
Reviewed April 3, 2012

First we visited the neighboring garden, which was wonderful (and free!). Then we came to Isuien Garden, which costs 600 yen. We debated... and entered, and didn't regret it one bit. 'Twas a lovely garden, built to take advantage of the surrounding hillside, while at...More

Date of experience: March 2012
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Response from CelineBrussels | Reviewed this property |
I was there in April. I think it can be a nice place to propose. It is quite romantic. The garden is quite big and has different views. Go there beforehand and choose the right place. Wish you good luck with your... More
October 9, 2015|
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Response from Linda R | Reviewed this property |
Hi Jolly, You will find it is OK with stroller, you may need to hold baby here and there, because the path is not smooth like drive way. Hope it is helpful. Cheers, Linda
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Response from Joe A | Reviewed this property |
Opening hours: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00) Closed Tuesdays (except in April, May, October and November), New Year holidays, Obon holidays Fees: 900 yen