Basho Museum

Local name江東区芭蕉記念館
LocationTokyo, Japan

The Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum was established in 1989 as part of the cultural building boom in Yamagata celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the city. Located about 20 minutes by train from Yamagata Station, it sits on the south side of the steep river valley facing Yamadera to the north, the historic temple founded in 860 which is one of the area's most beloved sacred sites and top sightseeing destinations.The Museum focuses on the life of Matsuo Bashō who perfected the art of haiku, the concise 5-7-5 syllable verse form now appreciated and written around the world. Many treasures from Basho's own hand and writing brush are regularly displayed, along with works of literati and artists from his time, and of those who followed later. Special exhibitions on related themes are also regularly mounted in the gallery.

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Opening hours

Tue – Sun: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., last admission 4:30 p.m.
Closed for the New Year's holiday.


General admission: JPY 300

Combined admission to Basho Memorial Museum, Basho Birth House and Minomushi-an: JPY 750

More information and contact


Official website

Phone +81 3 3631 1448

Address 1-6-3 Tokiwa, Kōtō-ku, Tokyo 135-0006, Japan

Coordinates 35°41'10.064" N 139°47'38.731" E

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