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Beautiful, peaceful, Nara oasis

Even on a June Sunday with Todai-ji and the surrounding parks so overrun with crowds the deer had... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia
Beautiful Japanese Garden, Knowledgeable Guide

Perhaps because it requires an entrance fee, this garden is untarnished by the touristy crowds... read more

Reviewed 14 June 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even on a June Sunday with Todai-ji and the surrounding parks so overrun with crowds the deer had given up hassling for food, Isuien was a peaceful oasis, with barely a sound creeping in from outside, and just a few dozen people strolling the grounds....More

Thank LucyKate
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile

Perhaps because it requires an entrance fee, this garden is untarnished by the touristy crowds outside. For the ¥900 I was offered a free English guide around the garden which I learnt a lot from about Japanese landscaping and culture. The garden is quintessentially Japanese...More

Thank xiaohuiho
Reviewed 7 June 2018

Went on a visit to Nara, very peaceful and beautiful. One of my favorite parks in Japan. Not crowded so you could take your time wandering around. Lovely visit

1  Thank Nifty51
Reviewed 5 June 2018

What a lovely garden to sit and relax in total calmness. You can walk round and it is very quiet and serene. There is a tea room where you can get tea or lunch and sit looking out over the garden. The garden covers nearly...More

Thank stringey
Reviewed 31 May 2018

A friend recommended that we visit Isuien Garden during our visit to Nara. We are glad we did! Such a peaceful garden away from the busy and noisy shrines/ temples. The entrance fee is 900 yen for adults, pricey but I think worth it.

Thank Cristina M
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

After walking Nara Park and Toda-ji temple the Tea House at the Isuien Garden is a nice break. Nice view , green tea ice cream $520 yen.

Thank Sumaqinti
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

The garden was nice but not 900 yen nice. Having been to others on our trip so far for half the price if less it didn't compare yet was more expensive. Real shame. If money is no object please go in as it is very...More

1  Thank Lee R
Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is an exquisite jewel of a garden. The texture of the land, water and plants is in perfect balance. We were there in the first week in April on a comfortable sunny day – and it was glorious to walk around this garden -...More

Thank Spudrunner
Reviewed 23 April 2018

This is an exquisite garden which is a traditional Japanese walking garden. The entry fee of 900 yen is good value as this also included a tour of the garden from an expert guide. Probably the best garden that we visited in Japan.

Thank Sandyretriever
Reviewed 23 April 2018

I felt the entrance fee was higher than usual (Yen 900 if I recall correctly) but when I think back about my day in Nara the garden was a big factor in making the whole trip so much more worthwhile. I visited. It is not...More

Thank Triflyer
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Response from Ahmad A | Reviewed this property |
I was there in may. Amazing place ,picturesque from every angle and is an Instagrammers paradise. I am sure in Oct it would be golden brown from head to toe. There is a lovey hill in the middle where a proposal would be... More
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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