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Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum


Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Yamagata City and the 300th anniversary of Matsuo Basho’s major work, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum was built as a wide-area cultural base in the Yamadera district, which has deep connections with The Narrow Road to the Deep North.
The museum has a Japanese-style one-floor structure whose exterior is in harmony with the Yamadera landscape.
Inside are displays of Basho’s handwritten manuscripts, as well as materials related to The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

AddressYamadera Basho Memorial Museum
Opening hours■Museum opening hours
Viewing exhibits
9:00 – 17:00 (admission closes at 16:30)
Using Study rooms/tea rooms
9:00 – 21:00
Mondays during winter (when Monday is a public holiday, the next weekday); year-end/New Year.
The museum may also be closed temporarily for changing exhibits, etc.
Please contact the museum for further information.
Fees■Admission fees
Adults: 400 yen (Group: 320 yen/person)
High school students or under: free of charge

■Usage fees
Study Room 1
Study Room 2
Tea rooms (per room)
Tea ceremony utensils
Per session…1,500yen

■Air conditioning fees
Study Room 1
Cooling fee (per hour)…200yen
Heating fee (per hour)…320yen
Study Room 2
Cooling fee (per hour)…100yen
Heating fee (per hour)…160yen
Tea rooms (per room)
Cooling fee (per hour)…100yen
Heating fee (per hour)…160yen

Car parkingParking for approx. 40 cars (adjacent to facility)
Barrier-free facilitiesMulti-function (wheelchair accessible) toilets available
AccessAn 8-minute walk from Yamadera Station on the JR Senzan Line

Recommended points/experiences

In addition to seeing documents and videos related to Matsuo Basho, it is also possible to use the museum’s study rooms, tea rooms, and various other facilities.


Access from Yama-dera

An 8-minute walk from Yamadera Station on the JR Senzan Line

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Nearby site/facility information

The Yamadera Basho Memorial Museum is located in Yamadera district—one of Yamagata City’s top two sightseeing areas—and there are numerous must-see places to visit nearby, including Risshaku-ji Temple and the Konpon-Chudo Hall.

Restaurants, EateriesThere are numerous restaurants/eateries and souvenir shops in Yamadera.
Hotels, Japanese-style inns