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Koto-ku Basho Museum

Visitors can enjoy the exhibits on Matsuo Basho, a former resident of Fukagawa, Koto-ku and an outstanding haiku poet having written great travel journals.

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Museum

Haiku Poet, Matsuo Basho, was active in the 1600s. He resided in Fukagawa, Koto-ku, which was the departure point of his famous travel journal, “Oku-no-Hosomichi,” covering the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions. Basho Museum is built in his hometown, showing his life and personality with panels and replicas.

A must-see is the “Stone Frog,” said to have been Basho’s favorite. It was found in Tokiwa 1 chome, Koto-ku near Basho Inari Shrine after a typhoon disaster in September 1917. In 1921 Tokyo Prefectural Government named the place “The Remains of Basho’s Ancient Pond” after this “Stone Frog.”

“Basho Small Shrinel (Basho-do)” was rebuilt in 1934, the 250th anniversary of Basho’s death, on the site of Basho’s former residence (Basho-an) by Hibino Togetsu, the tenth of a haiku sect, “Taihakudo.” The stone building escaped the bombing in Tokyo in 1945, The view from “Basho-an Historic Viewing Garden” is also superb. The watershed of Sumida River and Onagi River is also recommended as Basho is said to have enjoyed the scenery.

After the closing time, the Statue of Basho in the garden rotates and is lit up. This is another must-see. Commentary on the exhibits is in Japanese and English at each booth in the Museum. Visitors can scan a QR code with their smartphones to listen to the commentary. Audio translation device is also available at the reception desk.

Highlights

  • Valuable documents and collections on Haiku poet Matsuo Basho are exhibited.
  • The “Stone Frog,” which is said to be Basho’s favorite, is on display.
  • The view from the garden over the watershed of Sumida and Onagi Rivers is superb.

Photos

  • Exterior View

    Exterior View

  • Interior View

    Interior View

  • Basho Small Shrine (or Basho-do)

    Basho Small Shrine (or Basho-do)

  • Viewing Garden

    Viewing Garden

Reviews

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  • gogo Chang

    適合看得懂日文的人來,博物館外圍拍拍照也挺不錯。

  • 俊俊

    很寧靜的小而美博物館,可以深入了解到松尾芭蕉的生活

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Hygienic Prevention Measures

  • Hand sanitizers for the visitors are available.

  • Thermometers can be offered to measure body temperature, if necessary.

  • Wearing a mask is mandatory in the Museum.

Details

Name in Japanese
江東区芭蕉記念館
Postal Code
135-0006
Address
1-6-3 Tokiwa, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Telephone
03-3631-1448
Closed
The 2nd and 4th Monday (In case of a national holiday, the following day is closed) and from Dec. 29 to Jan. 3
Admission
Adult (including high school students) 200yen, Junior high and elementary school student 50yen
Discount for the disabled: Adult (high school and above) 100yen, Junior and elementary school student 20yen (same discount applied for one helper)
Directions
7-minute walk from Morishita Station of Toei Shinjuku Line and Toei Oedo Line
Smoking
Prohibited (※Smoking space available)
Credit cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)