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  • Rakushisha Residence In Arashiyama, Kyoto

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Facts & Figures

Rakushisha (literally "Hut of Fallen Persimmons") was home of Mukai Kyorai (1651 – 1704), a close disciple of the great poet and haiku master Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694). Rakushisha Residence is famous in the world of haiku (traditional Japanese poetry). The construction materials of the building are very simple. Clay was used for the walls and the roof is made out of thatch.

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  • Rakushisha Residence:
  • Opening Hours: - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (January to February)
  • Opening Hours: - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (rest of the year)
  • Closed: - 31st of December and 1st of January
  • Admission fee - 200 yen

History

When Mukai Kyorai turned 27 he went into seclusion and decided later to built this residence. There is this interesting story that after a very stormy night Mukai Kyorai woke up in the morning and saw that on his property nearly all persimmons had been fallen from the trees. At this moment he decided to call his place Rakushisha - Hut of Fallen Persimmons.

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Rakushisha is located within Arashiyama district in the western outskirts of Kyoto.
Address: 20 Hinomyojin-cho Ogurayama Saga Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

How to get to Rakushisha?

  • 15min from Kyoto Station to Saga-Arashiyama Station by JR Sagano Line and
  • 15min from Saga-Arashiyama Station to Rakushisha

Sightseeing spots

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inside the house - the walls are covered with ink-brushed poems and on the floor you will find stone tablets with haiku inscribed

Grave of Mukai Kyorai - it is located at the property

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

February

Setsubun (3rd)
One day before spring arrives (lunar calendar) the Setsubun is celebrated. Bean throwing (Mame maki) ceremonies are held at the shrine to get a good fortune for the year. Do not miss the bonfire on the evening.

April

Miyako Odori (1st - 31th)
The traditional annual spring dance of the Kyoto district Gion Kobu performed by Geiko and Maiko is a must-see on your Kyoto visit. Don't miss the most popular dances the Miyako Odori "Cherry Blossom Dances" or "Dances of the Old Capital" at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater (located close to Gion Corner).

May

Ochatsubo Dochu (1st)
The Ochatsubo Dochu or Traveling Tea Canisters festival dates back to the Edo Period. It represents the practice of showing the new tea harvest from Uji to the ruling shogun in the old days. Now during the parade large ceramic containers with tea are carried by people wearing traditional costumes from Kenninji Temple to Yasaka Shrine.

Aoi Matsuri (15th)
The highlight of this festival is a large parade from Imperial Palace through Shimogamo Shrine to the Kamo Shrines. More than 500 people wearing aristocratic costumes from the Heian Period (794 - 1185). The Aoi Matsuri belongs with the Gion Matsuri and Jidai Matsuri to the three most famous festivals in Kyoto.

July

Gion Matsuri (whole month)
The month July is full of different events like the Yoiyama - Kyoto's Magical Night (locals in kimonos look at the giant Gion floats the day before the parade) or the famous Yamaboko Junko (float procession on the 17th of July).

October

Jidai Matsuri ("Festival of Ages") (22nd)
People celebrate with a large parade between Imperial Palace to Heian Shrine the anniversary of the foundation of Kyoto. App. 2000 participants wearing historical costumes from different time periods. Enjoy this great festival which last around 2 hours.

November

Shichi-Go-San (15th)
The well-being and growth of young children is celebrated at the shrine and in the rest of Japan.

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