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Isuien Garden

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74 Suimoncho, Nara 630-8208, Nara Prefecture
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Family initially didn't want to pay the entrance fee of 900 yen, but came out feeling that this was one of the highlights in Nara. The concept of 'borrowing scenery' is in full display in the Garden. I think I enjoyed it more than the...More

Thank Kangli W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our arrival at the Isuien Garden we were approached by a delightful older man, Hiroyuki, who offered to take us on a tour of the garden. He is retired from work, and provides his services as a volunteer. His tour was informative and gave...More

Thank MaryAnneandKeith
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this garden. It is beautiful and very calm and relaxing. It was nice to also get entry into the museum.

Thank DoretteV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you only ever visit one Japanese style garden during your visit to Japan, make it this one. Interesting plants, features, watercourses, tea houses. Yeah, it's got the lot. Very enjoyable!

Thank petertaylor57
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is near Nara Park so going here will not take you much time. I am stressed from work and so is my husband so our time here was well spent for meditation and good talk. This is not the best Japanese Garden however still...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent several hours enjoying this garden during a recent stay in Nara. The grounds were lovely and very peaceful. The leaves were just beginning to turn, which added to the beauty of the place. I visited soon after it opened and it was not...More

Thank betteskid
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful place, but here's the thing, maybe it's just me. right next door is the smaller Yoshikien gardens. So for me, after a while, that's a lot of garden to see. If I had done one but not the other, I think I would have...More

Thank i1aan
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We visited Isuien shortyl before it closed. It was a rainy day, there were not many people in the garden, probably because the entry fee was on the higher side. Totally worth it tough, the garden is amazing and very well maintained. One of my...More

Thank Jon_Ju1234
Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

One of the most beautiful and peaceful gardens I’ve seen after Kyoto... very impressive places to discover. I would highly suggest everyone to enjoy the nature there.. a must see garden in Nara!

Thank zuelal
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

The entry fee to this garden is 900 yen. It entitles you to a free guided tour of the garden as well as entry to the museum. Some people might shun away because of the cost of the entry fee, however, I do feel that...More

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15 July 2018|
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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
9 October 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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2 August 2015|
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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
Ian M
31 January 2015|
Response from Stephen L | Reviewed this property |
According to its website, it closes on Tuesday, New Year and Obon holiday. April 29 is Showa, not shown as closed. Hope this helps.