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Updated: July 31, 2019

330 Years since Oku no Hosomichi, The Narrow Road to the Deep North ―The World of Bashō 奥の細道330年 芭蕉

Idemitsu Museum of Arts, 9F Teigeki Building, 3-1-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda City, Tokyo
2019-08-31 - 2019-09-29

Introducing some twenty calligraphy and paintings by Bashō commemorating 330th year after his departure to Oku no Hosomichi

An exhibition of art related to haikai (a form of Japanese poetry), centering around the early-Edo haiku poet Matsui Bashō (1644-1694). His most famous work, Oku no Hosomichi, was compiled in 1694. Five years earlier, Bashō had departed Edo, journeying through Matsushima, Hiraizumi, all over Dewa Province, and through Echigo, Ecchu and Echizen, before arriving in Ogaki, Mino Province in late August. This year is the 330th anniversary of Bashō’s journey, and to mark the occasion, the Idemitsu Museum is displaying paintings and calligraphy by Bashō himself, in addition to work by artists who admire and revere him.

How to Get There

  • Yurakucho Station | Kokusai Forum Exit | 5 min on foot
    JR Yamanote Line
  • Yurakucho Station | B3 Exit | 3 min on foot
    Yurakucho Line
  • Hibiya Station | B3 Exit | 3 min on foot
    Hibiya Line | Chiyoda Line | Toei Mita Line

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Opening Hours

  • 10:00-17:00
    *Open until 19:00 on Fridays
    *Last admission 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed Mondays
    *Open on the following Mondays: September 16 and September 23




*Discounts available for students and people with disabilities

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Facility Info

  • Restrooms |
  • English |
  • Elevator | Automated external defibrillator (AED) | Wheelchair ramp | Wheelchair loan | Breast feeding room | Floor height difference in facility | Accessible communication formats |

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