A frog jumps in –
the sound of water”.
Basho’s “old pond” Haiku, the best-known Haiku in Japan
Isui-en is a Japanese garden located in Nara, the old capital of Japan near Kyoto. This is the only garden in the area designed for walking. This style is called “Kaiyushiki Teien” – a garden with ponds and walking paths around them. A Japanese garden and a modern public park, where anyone can walk, are two different things. The Isui-en Garden has been preserved almost unchanged since its creation during the Meiji era.
The garden covers about 13,500 square meters. The land was purchased in 1670 by a wealthy local man named Kiyosumi Michikiyo. He designed the garden between 1673 and 1681, and also two houses: “Sanshu-tei” and “Tei-shu-Ken”.
In the central pond, there are two islands with sculptures of a heron and a turtle. In Japanese culture, these animals symbolize longevity. You will also find here decorative stones that were especially popular during the Meiji era.
Isuien Garden is located a 15-minute walk from Kintetsu Nara Station. From JR Nara Station, the garden can be reached by taking frequently departing buses bound for Aoyamajutaku or Kunimidai-hachichome to the Oshiagecho bus stop.
We usually have one or two small groups (max 7/8 participants) per year traveling to Japan, including to this place. If you are interested in joining a group setting out from Europe, please drop a line. We will provide more information, like dates, a program and other details.
Year-round, although in the summertime would be nicer!
Osaka International Airport often referred to as Itami Airport is the primary regional airport for the Kansai region of Japan, including the major cities of Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe.
The gardens are located in Nara, close to Kyoto.
Located in central Nara, a visit to Isuien Garden is easily combined with seeing other attractions such as Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple, which are both a ten-minute walk away.
The citizens of EU countries, the USA, and Australia definitely do not need a visa for Japan.
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