The World of Basho: 330 Years since Oku no Hosomichi, The Narrow Road to the Deep North

Idemitsu Museum of Arts



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In late March of 1689, the haiku poet Matsuo Basho (1644–94) left Edo to the Dewa region of northern Japan, traveling around Matsushima and Hiraizumi. He then continued to travel through Echigo, Ecchu and Echizen, the coastal provinces of north-central Japan, reaching Mino-Ogaki in late August. It was in April 1694 that he compiled the travelogue, “Oku no Hosomichi” (Narrow Road to the Deep North). The year 2019 marks the 330th anniversary of this journey. To commemorate this special year, Idemitsu Museum of Arts will show art works related to the world of haiku, displaying the calligraphy and paintings of Basho as well as of those who admired him.


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from August 31, 2019 to September 29, 2019


Matsuo Basho

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Adults ¥1000, University and High School Students ¥700, Elementary and Junior High School Students free with parents.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
fridays closing at 19:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on a Public Holiday Monday.


Address: Teigeki Bldg.9F, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005
Phone: 03-5777-8600

5 minutes walk from Yurakucho and Hibiya stations.

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