Yoshikien Garden Travel Guide

Yoshikien Garden
Yoshikien Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden showcasing not one, not two, but three different styles of traditional horticulture.

Nearby Restaurants

Course Menu

Sukiyaki Kappo Kitsune

Just 7 minutes’ walk from Kintetsu-Nara Station, in a back alley, is a sukiyaki restaurant that is reinventing the Meiji-era culinary form with French-influenced starters and local ingredients exclusive to the Nara locality.
Lunch: ¥7,000-18,000
Dinner: ¥18,000-18,000
Seat Reservation


Get a taste of Nara through Spanish dishes, while overlooking the blooming trees of Nara Park.
Lunch: ¥8,000-9,999
Dinner: ¥15,000-19,999
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Try your hand at becoming a top grill-master at this authentic charcoal yakiniku store.
Lunch: ¥5,000-5,999
Dinner: ¥10,000-14,999
Seat Reservation


Located in central Nara, just a short walk from the city’s most famous attractions, this kappo counter restaurant offers unbeatable value for fine Japanese course meals. The informal, modern setting and attractive price point make this a must-visit.
Lunch: ¥5,000-9,999
Dinner: ¥10,000-14,999

An urban oasis within an urban oasis, this wonderfully-groomed Japanese garden is situated towards the west edge of Nara Park. The site once housed the priests of Kofukuji Temple, but now it’s the playground of some world-class gardeners.

During the Meiji era, when there was a heavy anti-Buddhist backlash from the Shinto-promoting state, this land was purchased from the temple and developed as a private garden. It was named after the small river which runs through the site, and the buildings inside date back just over 100 years to 1919.

The gardeners tend to three separate garden areas within Yoshikien: one showcasing moss, one featuring ponds, and one geared towards enhancing the tea ceremony experience with gorgeous flowers. If you only visit one garden in Japan, Yoshikien Garden is a safe bet due to the lovely variation on display.

The best part is that entry to this garden is totally free!

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