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Isuien and Neirak Museum of Art

The Japanese garden at Isuien is a nationally designated place of scenic beauty and one of Nara's most popular tourist attractions. The garden is divided into two parts, the "front garden" created in the Edo period and the "back garden" built in the Meiji era, allowing visitors to enjoy two different garden landscapes at the same time. The garden is beautifully decorated with flowers of the four seasons and is set against the backdrop of Todaiji's South Gate and the mountains of Wakakusa and Kasuga.

The Neiraku Museum of Art stands in a corner of the Isuien Garden. The museum houses the collection collected by three generations of the Nakamura family, including NAKAMURA Junsaku, who ran a shipping business. Visitors can appreciate historical artifacts such as ancient Chinese bronzes, ceramics from the Goryeo and Joseon periods, and Japanese tea ceremony utensils. In the spring and fall, the museum also holds a special exhibition of "Matamata Ichiraku-jo '' by TANOMURA Takeda, an Important Cultural Property.

You can also visit the park's historical buildings, including a tea ceremony house. There is also a restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese food and powdered green tea, so please stop by before or after your stroll or visit the museum.


74, Suimon-cho, Nara City, Nara Prefecture, Japan



Access from the nearest station

15 min. walk from Kintetsu "Nara" Station (west side of Todaiji Temple)

Opening hours

9:30 - 16:30 (admission until 16:30)


Tuesdays (if Tuesday is a national holiday, the garden will be open on Tuesday and closed the following day), garden maintenance period (end of December to mid-January and late September)


Adults 1,200 yen, University students 500 yen, High school students 500 yen, Junior high school students 300 yen, Elementary school students 300 yen, Persons with disabilities 500 yen (one accompanying person free), Nara City Nanamaru Card (elderly person's handbook) holders 500 yen, Group (15 or more people) 1,000 yen


Please use nearby parking lots as there is no dedicated parking lot. No wheelchair access. No food or drink allowed.

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