The monk, Annesôzu constructed this templed in 864. In the middle Edo period, it had become dilapidated and was reconstructed. When Matsuo Basho visited, it was rechristened Basho-an. Some 70 years later, it had again fallen into disrepair and was restored once more. Despite its wavering fortunes, beginning with Buson, the remains of many famous haiku poets have been interred here.
The main garden is positioned between the main hall and base of a hill.
kanji: kin (gold), huku (fortune), tera (temple)
Go to the pines if you want to learn about the pine, or to the bamboo
if you want to learn about the bamboo. And in doing so, you must leave
your subjective preoccupation with yourself. Otherwise you impose yourself
on the object and do not learn. Matsuo Basho 17th century