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Is it the park that borders the city, or city that borders the park? The mysterious Nara is unlike anything else.
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Former Daijoin Temple Garden
The Former Daijoin Temple Garden (kyu-daijoin-teien) is a tranquil Japanese strolling garden centered around a lake in Nara near the Nara Hotel.
Sarusawa Pond (Sarusawa-ike) is a picturesque Nara Period lake close to Kofukuji Temple and associated with the love-suicide of a jilted maid-servant.
East Palace Garden Nara
The East Palace Garden, Nara Period garden in the grounds of the Nara Palace Site was excavated in 1967 and completely reconstructed by 1998.
Mount Wakakusa in the east of Nara is a 342m-high grass-covered hill which is set alight in January during the Wakakusa Yamayaki ceremony.
Isuien Garden & Neiraku Museum
The Isuien Garden consists of both Edo and Meiji period gardens and contains the Neiraku Museum with displays of East Asian ceramics.
Yoshikien Garden Nara
Yoshikien Garden in Nara consists of a moss garden, pond garden and tea ceremony garden and is free for foreign visitors.
To the west of Nara-koen, Sarusawa-ike pond tries to remove the edge of dull gray buildings...
A secret enclave of greenery on the way to Todaiji, the Isui-en can be discovered along a path that combines water, wood and stone.
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