Rakushi-sha is a building associated with one of the famous poet Basho Matsuo’s disciples, Mukai Kyorai. Basho also stayed here and in 1691 he wrote the Saga Diary. The present building was rebuilt in 1770. The origin of the building’s name comes from the fact that apparently during one night all of the persimmon trees in the house’s garden dropped their fruit in just one night. (Name literally means "Falling persimmon hermitage" in Japanese)
The thatched roof hermitage
The hermitage itself is a small house with a straw roof and a quiet atmosphere. In the small garden grow persimmon trees, and the persimmon trees grow heavy with fruit and leaves in the fall, greeting visitors. The area is specified as a historical climate preservation district due to the ancient scenery and beautiful views of Sagano and Arashiyama. In the garden are monuments to Matsuo Basho and Takahama Kyoshi, and there is also a box for people who wish to leave their own haikus here.
Additionally there is ancient Japanese rain gear here, straw raincoats and straw hats. This is intended to show how the residents lived, and is a symbol of the building itself. At the back of the building, about 100m north there is the Kougen-ji where Mukai Kyorai himself is buried.
It’s a 15 minute walk from the JR Saga Arashiyama Station (嵯峨嵐山駅), or 20 minutes from the Keifuku line’s Arashiyama Station, or 30 minutes from the Hankyu’s Arashiyama Station.
By bus you can either take the city bus or Kyoto Bus to Saga Elementary School (嵯峨小学校前) and it’s 10 minutes from there. It’s recommended that you visit other sites in the area as well such as Nison and Jojakuko-ji. Please note that from Jan-Feb that admission time is shortened to 10:00~16:00.
Image Gallery: Rakushi-sha
20, Hinomyojin-cho, Sagaogurayama, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 075-881-1953|
Monday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Tuesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Wednesday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Thursday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Friday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Saturday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
Sunday:09:00-17:00 (Last entry by: 16:30)
|Closed dates||NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAY|
|Admission Fee||Pay admission: 200yen|
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|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|