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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Nara
Yoshikien Garden
# 13   of 16 most visited
sights in Nara

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Yoshikien's Pond Garden

Yoshikien (g鉀) is a pleasant Japanese garden located in central Nara. It is named after the Yoshikigawa River, a small river that runs beside the garden, and was built on the site of Kofukuji Temple's former priest residences. The entry fee to the garden is waived for foreign tourists.

There are three unique gardens within Yoshikien: a pond garden, a moss garden and a tea ceremony garden. So, a visit to Yoshikien provides the opportunity to see three different variations of Japanese gardens in one spot. If visitors still want to see more techniques of Japanese gardening, the Isuien Garden is located just across the small river.

Yoshikien's Moss Garden

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How to get there
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).

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Hours and Fees
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed:December 28 to mid March
Admission:250 yen (free for foreign tourists)

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Hotels and Ryokan
Nara is commonly visited on a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, and only a few tourists overnight there. Indeed, the range of accommodation in Nara is rather limited, but there are a few options for those aiming to visit the city in more than a day trip. A location close to Nara Park is generally preferred.
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