We visited Yoshikien in early April. It was still unexpectedly cold for spring and apart from the cherry blossom, the trees were still very much asleep. Despite being a little bare, the garden was still beautiful. We arrived in Nara late morning, and while we usually like to explore and photograph nature in either early morning or evening light, the day was a little overcast which was still a really pleasant light to shoot in.
A pond garden, moss garden and tea ceremony garden make up Yoshikien, but one of my favourite elements were the huge pieces of hand blown glass that made up the windows of the first tea house. It was so lovely to photograph the garden reflections in the textured glass.
How to get there:
Yoshikien is located right next to Isui-En garden, so I advise visiting both gardens while you’re in the area.
Yoshiki-En garden is around a 15 minute walk away from Kintetsu Nara train station, and is a short walk away from other attractions in Nara such as Todaiji temple and Kofukuji temple.
09:00 – 17:00 (Closed February 15- February 28)
250 yen // Free entry for foreigners