Galina Ovtcharova & Alexei Ovtcharov
In Isui-en Garden
The Neiraku Museum and Isuien Garden complex is a good place to take a break from temple viewing and to experience the tranquility and unique landscape of a traditional Japanese garden. It is a bit off the main tourist path, nestled in a residential neighborhod just west of Todaiji's Nandaimon (Great Southern Gate). In contrast to the busy crowds near Todaiji, the Isuien Gardens are quiet and relaxing. The gardens may not be the easiest destination to find in Nara, but it is well worth the effort. It represents the height of garden engineering of the Meiji Period (1868 - 1912). See http://www.yamasa.org/japan/english/destinations/nara/neiraku.html .