Ningyocho / Monzen-Nakacho / Kasai,Tokyo
A place connected to Matsuo Basho. A garden with flowers and trees associated with his haiku and Shiseki Tembo Teien with a waterside view are the highlights.
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.
Admission fees: 200 JPY for adults (150 JPY), 50 JPY for primary and secondary school children, (30 JPY),
*() prices apply to a group of more than 20 people.
It is located a 7-minute walk away from the A1 Exit of Morishita Station on the Toei Shinjuku and Oedo Lines. It is also an 11-minute walk away from the A1 Exit of Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line or Toei Oedo Line.