Nara Park is the biggest park I’ve ever seen in my life. There are many very famous and less famous temples, such as Taisha and single shrines, on its territory. In addition to that, there are few landscape gardens that are good places to relax. In Nara Park, you can meet deer everywhere you go, see turtles in the pond, birds and beautiful plants.
Nara is a very touristy town. When I visited Nara, tens of buses with school-age children came on excursions, so there were thousands of visitors in the main places of interest. To take a rest, I went to look at the landscaped gardens. The first one was Yoshiken Garden.
Yoshikien is a traditional Japanese garden located in central Nara. It is named after the Yoshikigawa River, a small river that runs beside the garden. There are three unique gardens within Yoshikien: a pond garden, a moss garden, and a tea ceremony garden. For foreign tourists, the entry to Yoshikien is free!
I spent a nice quiet time at Yoshikien as I was almost alone there. Then I went to Isuien garden which is more famous and popular. Isuien means "garden founded on water," and the garden's name came from the fact that its ponds are fed by the Yoshikigawa River. Isuien is divided into two parts, a front garden and a rear garden, with a number of tea houses.
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I love Japan very much! I like small towns of Japan where I can watch people doing their business and talk to them carefully. They're always friendly. I like Japanese gardens where I can just sit or walk and take my time. Also I like Shinto Jinja as being there I feel in peace. I like to watch sunsets and then to dine in some small local places. I like to soak into onsen after a long day of wandering. I like Japanese crafts very much as all items are made with great taste and skill. Nihon wo daisuki desuyo!