According to the pamphlet notes, Isuien Garden is unique in the city of Nara. It represents the acme of garden engineering of the Meiji Period, and since 1975 has been designated as a scenic spot. The garden comprises 13,481 square meters, and to my best guess, about twice the size of Yoshikien Garden. Admission fee was 650円, which also included admission to the Neiraku Museum next door. It started drizzling midway then snowing during our visit to this garden too. It’s not captured in the pictures here, but Ling has it on video footage.:)
The entrance into Isuien Garden. Todai-ji is to the left and about 10 mintues walk away.
From the admissions booth, a stone-pavement leads down to the Frontal Garden, designed in the Edo Period.
Sanshutei, or Tea Ceremony House, overlooking the Frontal Garden.
Another view of the Sanshutei across the Frontal Garden.
A moss bush with a hole right in the center!
A small stone bridge crosses the pond in the Frontal Gaden.
Stone pavement that leads to the next area comprising the Hyoshintei tea ceremony house.
Green-moss covered ground.
The Rear Garden, designed during the Meiji Period.
A spectrum of colors!
A waterwheel at the Rear Garden.
A small brook with running water set admist a beautiful landscape of green and stone.
Stone steps in the Rear Garden.
The Hyoshintei tea ceremony house at the Rear Garden.
Like our visit to the Yoshikien Garden, I did several panoramic compositions here alongside Ling’s video footage. Will put them up soon! :)