During my time in Kyoto, I took a half-day trip to Nara, the ancient Japanese capital. During the Nara Period, Buddhism flourished here, and as such, some of the most famous Buddhist temples in Japan are located in Nara. Along with temples, Nara is home to a lovely garden, Isui-en, which was created in the Meiji era (late 1800s to early 1900s).
One of the things I enjoy most about Japanese gardens is the fact that many of them contain teahouses, where you can enjoy a cup of matcha while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the garden. In that respect, Isui-en was definitely my favorite garden in Japan. Our first order of business after entering the garden was to pay a visit to the teahouse. It was almost empty at that time of morning, and we were able to relax and enjoy the beautiful view.
|The pond outside the teahouse|