This quaint hermit’s cottage was once the home of one of haiku master Matsuo Basho’s disciples. It’s a good palate cleanser between the area temples.
image © Damien Douxchamps
If you’ve got a taste for rustic simplicity, you’ll love Rakushisha, a thatched-roof hut that housed one of Matsuo Basho’s poetic disciples (it’s said that the master stopped by here on occasion, but he did not live here, contrary to popular belief). The admission is a mere snip at Y200, but you can get a good sense of the place by merely looking from outside the fence, which costs nothing.
English address: 20 Hinomyojin-cho, Saga Ogurayama, Ukyo-ku
Japanese address: 右京区嵯峨小倉山緋明神町20
9:00am-5:00pm (10:00am-4:00pm January and February)
Closed on December 31st and January 1st
Non-smoking area: Yes
15 min walk from Saga Arashiyama Station, JR Sagano line
30 min walk from Arashiyama Station, Henkyu railway
Official Website (Japanese)
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