Isuien Garden 01
Isuien Garden 02

Isuien Garden

Isuien Garden


Isuien Garden


Easily the most beautiful garden in Nara, Isuien is easily accessed on foot from Todaiji Temple or the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art . The main entrance takes you past the Neiraku Museum, included in the ticket price, which has a good collection of Japanese pottery. At the ticket gate, you will be met by volunteer guides who speak several languages. The front garden was created in the Edo period (1603 - 1867) for a wealthy textile merchant, with a villa and tea house for his leisure. The back part is a strolling garden, connected to the front by a large tea house that offers lunches and sweets. The garden uses shakkei, the traditional concept of borrowed scenery, with Nara's mountains and the Nandaimon (Great South Gate) of Todaiji Temple visible in the background. You can enjoy the gardens in around an hour. Next door,Yoshikien Garden is smaller, but free if you show a foreign passport. The gardens are about five minutes from Nara Park and Kohfukuji Temple.

Last update: 2017-09-05

Venue Details & Access Info

74 Suimoncho, Nara



From Kintetsu Nara Station:
- 15 minutes on the foot from the station.

Name/address in local language

  • 依水園 Isuien Garden
  • address 奈良市水門町74 74 Suimoncho, Nara
  • Address
Opening Time & Admissions
Opening Hours

9:30 - 16:30 (last admission 16:00)

Closed on


Year-end and New Year holidays

Public holidays

Tuesday (open daily in Apr, May, Oct and Nov)


Adults: ¥900
College student: ¥810
High school and middle school students: ¥500
Elementary school students: ¥300

*Group discount available
*Discounts available for disabled visitors
*Elementary school and middle school students accompanied by guardians are free on Saturday.


Cash only

Available Foreign Languages

Menu in English

Contact Details





  • Post this page on Facebook
  • Tweet this page
  • Post this page on Google+
  • Send this page via email


  • Opening day
  • Budget
  • [[]]
  • [[]]