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Places of interest in the vicinity

Konpuku-ji temple

Konpuku-ji is closely related to haikai (haiku) poets (please see the note below). Basho-an, a thatched hut is named after Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), a great haikai poet. There is a grave stone of Yosa-no-Buson (1716-1783), who was also a great haikai poet and painter, together with those of other poets.

NOTE: haikai (haiku) is a seventeen-syllabled poem; as a general rule, a word that express a season must be included.

History of Konpuku-ji

The fourth head priest of Enryaku-ji temple, An'ne founded Konpuku-ji in 864 in conformity with the wishes of his predecessor, Jikaku-daishi En'nin (794-864) as a Tendai-shu sect temple. Years later, the temple fell into ruin. Sometime during Jokyo era (1684-1688), Tesshu, who was the head priest of Enko-ji (Rinzai-shu sect temple), rebuilt Konpuku-ji. Since then this temple has been a subsidiary of Nanzen-ji temple.

Tesshu, a friend of Matsuo Basho, built a thatched hut called Basho-an. Once the hut dilapidated, but an association of haikai poets led by Yosa-no-Buson rebuilt it in 1781.

How to get to Konpuku-ji

  • 38 minutes from JR Kyoto station to Ichijoji-Sagarimatsu-cho on Kyoto City Bus No. 5, then 10 minutes on foot toward the hill.

Hours and Admission

9:00 -17:00
Closed January 16 to 31, August 5 to 20, December 30 and 31.

All except the following: 300 yen,
Junior high school students (7th to 9th graders) and high school students: 200 yen,
Elementary school pupils and younger: free.

Photos / Pictures

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The gate of Konpuku-ji Konpuku-ji in autumn Karesansui garden in Konpuku-ji
The entrance gate and stone stairs of Konpuku-ji
April 29, 2008
Autumn leaves. The thatched roof beyond the Karesansui garden is Basho-an.
November 25, 2002
Karesansui dry landscape garden in front of Hondo, the main hall.
April 29, 2008
Main hall and garden of Konpuku-ji Main hall of Konpuku-ji Stone lantern of Konpuku-ji
Hondo and the garden in autumn.
November 25, 2002
The main hall.
April 29, 2008
A stone lantern and a tsukubai wash basin.
April 29, 2008
Basho-an tea ceremony hut of Konpuku-ji A tatami room of Basho-an A room of Basho-an
Basho-an, a thatched hut.
November 25, 2002
A tatami room of Basho-an.
April 29, 2008
Another room of Basho-an.
April 29, 2008
Stone stairs of Konpuku-ji A well of Konpuku-ji A stone monument of Konpuku-ji
Stone stairs that lead to the tomb of Yosa-no-Buson.
April 29, 2008
A small well.
April 29, 2008
A stone monument that was erected by Buson to the memory of Basho.
April 29, 2008