Isui-en is a placid and fine garden, which has two parts: one uses Todaiji Temple's Nandaimon Gate and Mount Wakakusayama as "borrowed scenery" on the east side.
The garden's name also translates to "garden founded on water", as its pond's water comes from the adjacent Yoshikigawa River. This includes to one part of the laid-back garden on the west side.
There are also various tea houses scattered throughout the garden.
Usually, an ideal itinerary with Isui-en garden comes with seeing Tofukuji temple and Kofukuji Temple, other attractions proximate to the garden.
Isuien Garden can be reached via 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. From JR Nara Station, take buses bound for Aoyamajutaku or Kunimidai-hachichome to Oshiagecho bus stop.
The garden is open from 9:30 to 16:30, entry until 16:00. It closes on Tuesdays, or the following day if it falls on a national holiday, except in April, May, October and November; New Year holidays; and Obon holidays. Admission costs 900 yen.
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