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Rakushisha information

Kyoto , Japan
20 Hinomyōjin-chō, Sagaogurayama, Ukyō-ku
Getting there
Bus: Kyoto City bus 28 from Kyoto Station to Arashiyama-Tenryuji-mae
Train: JR Sagano/San-in line to Saga-Arashiyama or Hankyū line to Arashiyama, change at Katsura
admission ¥200
Opening hours
9am-5pm Mar-Dec, 10am-4pm Jan & Feb, closed 31 Dec & 1 Jan
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This building was the hut of Mukai Kyorai, the best-known disciple of the illustrious haiku poet Bashō. Legend holds that Kyorai dubbed the house Rakushisha (literally ‘House of the Fallen Persimmons’) after he woke one morning following a fierce storm to find the persimmons he had planned to sell were all fallen from the trees in the garden and scattered on the ground.