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Why Yoshikien is special ?
Yoshikien Garden is a quiet collection of gardens in Nara Park including a moss garden, Japanese water garden and a tea ceremony garden. It's a hidden gem away from the crowds and deer of Nara.
The garden has a tea house with a traditional thatched roof and the former residences of the high priest of Kofukuji Temple.
The moss garden includes several interesting stone pagoda. The garden is considered best in its autumn colors and is closed in winter.
What to explore at Yoshikien?
Yoshikien Garden consists of three different grounds; each is connected via a flag of stairs. Upon entering, you would see the beautiful Pond Garden. You can either choose to explore the area around the pond or climb another stairs to get to the resting place, a tower where you can sit and enjoy the view of the pond from the top. The second ground, the Moss Garden, is a more secluded one. It is fully covered in hair moss. There is also a teahouse at the corner of this garden that adds up to its tranquil ambience. The last ground, the Tea Ceremony Flower Garden, showcases seasonal flowers, making it perfect for tea ceremonies.
How to get to Yoshikien?
Located in central Nara, a visit to Yoshikien Garden is easily combined with seeing other attractions such as Todaiji Temple and Kofukuji Temple, which are both a ten minute walk away.
Yoshikien Garden is also 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 Oshiagecho bus stop (5 minutes, 190 yen, platform 5 or 6).
- Awesome garden free to visit for foreigners
- Small serene strolling garden
- Enjoy the natural beauty of Nara
- Lovely little garden
- Good place for walking around
Japan 〒630-8213 奈良県奈良市 登大路町６０−１
Tips for you
It is next door to Isuien garden and free for non Japanese (something I don't understand) so please visit it too then! In half an hour you can see another great garden! And a different one!
Nice garden, free entrance for foreign tourists. Great for a relaxing stroll but nothing very special.
Yoshikien Garden is a peaceful place to enjoy the natural beauty of Nara. It was highly recommended by the beautiful obachan at the Kintetsu Nara train station and I loved it. It is a strolling garden from the Meiji period and a place to really find your inner peace. I could totally meditate here for hours soaking in the gorgeous maples, koi pond traditional Japanese house and other beautiful scenery. Another tip is that entry is complimentary for foreign visitors--just show your passport! A great place to relax before or afterthe big tourist site of the Todaiji Buddha.