The Basho Museum, which opened in 1981, exhibits material related to haiku, especially to the haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, contributed by Manabe Giju and others. The museum is at the area where Basho produced many famous haiku and travel writings such as the Narrow Road to the Deep North. After the great tidal wave that swept the area in 1917, a stone frog that Basho is believed to have been fond of during his lifetime was discovered, and Basho Inari Shrine near the museum was designated as the Site of Basho Okina’s Old Pond. There is a small Japanese garden on the premises of the museum where flowers, plants, ponds and waterfalls associated with Basho’s haiku are placed, so that visitors can enjoy the tastes of the seasons. On the artificial hill of the garden, there is a small shrine with a thatched roof modeled on Basho-an (the cottage Basho lived in) and a Basho haiku monument on which famous haiku are inscribed.
Located on the banks of the Sumida River, this tiny museum is dedicated to the life and works of the poet Matsuo Basho, who elevated the haiku form to a major literary genre. Basho lived in a thatched cottage somewhere in the nearby area from 1680 (although perhaps not at this exact spot), and it was there that he wrote most of his travel journals.