Basho sites in Fukagawa

Basho sites in Fukagawa

Here are some spots in Fukagawa related to Matsuo Basho:

Saito-an Remains / 採荼庵跡

1-11 Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo

This villa is located near the place where Basho started his journey to the north in 1689 and wrote the book, “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” (Oku no Hosomichi). One of Basho’s disciples called this villa: Sagiyama Sanpuu. There is a statue of Basho sitting on the porch.

Haiku Path / 芭蕉俳句の散歩道

1-11 Fukagawa, Koto-ku, Tokyo

From Saito-an, there is a small road along the river which leads to the Haiku Path. Somewhere down the road, there are wooden panels covered with Japanese Haiku.

Basho Inari Shrine / 芭蕉稲荷神社

1-3-12 Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo

In 1917, a large tsunami hit the Fukagawa area and unearthed a stone frog, which is a creature that Basho liked. Because no one really knows the exact location that Basho lived in Fukagawa, a shrine for Basho was built at the site where the stone frog was found.

Basho Memorial Outlook Garden / 芭蕉庵史跡展望庭園

1-1-3 Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo

The Basho Memorial outlook garden is a part of the Basho Musuem. The garden outlooks the Sumida river and Kiyosubashi Bridge and is at the connection of the Sumida river and Onagi river. The location is thought to be one of the places that Basho once lived in Fukagawa.

Basho Memorial Museum / 芭蕉記念館

1-6-3 Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo

The location of the Basho Memorial Museum may be one of the places where Basho built his huts. The museum opened in 2002, with two floors that features Basho’s works and Haiku (or other special) exhibitions.

References:

https://old-tokyo.info/finding-basho-tokyo-5-places-fukagawa/
https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e4354.html

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