Rakushisha

Rakushisha, Kyoto: Address, Phone Number, Rakushisha Reviews: 4/5

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Neighbourhood: Western Kyoto
Western Kyoto is home to some of the city's best eccentricities. Kyoto's Saga-Toriimoto Preserved Street takes visitors back in time to the Meiji Period, where old homes have been transformed into tea houses and eateries. Pleasure boats drift down the riverbank, under wooden bridges that beckon nature lovers to hiking trails and botanical walks. The area's famously tall bamboo groves, monkey park, and impressive vistas during the Hanami cherry blossom viewing season mean that it is busiest in warmer months, though also gorgeous in the fall, when the mountains and hills along the banks turn multi-colored. Historic and engaging, even the rail cars in Western Kyoto seek to exemplify its traditional nature and scenic beauty. Many people, including natives, come to visit the 1,200 rakan statues at the Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple, which is still in use as a religious site.
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ArizonaSweetpea
Tucson AZ100 contributions
Perfectly lovely
Feb 2020
I stumbled on this beautifully preserved and presented ancient poet's retreat by accident, and enjoyed it so much! I love the peaceful simple interior that evoked life in the early 1600s, and the lovely gardens were full of native birds.
Written 11 February 2020
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,493 contributions
Simple structure with stories behind
Nov 2019
Nobody would miss Rakushisha, a simple structure, in Arashiyama while strolling around the bamboo trail. There were good old stories behind the scene and we took a few photos outside during our visit there by end Nov. this year.
Written 10 December 2019
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iamhappy
Holmdel, NJ31 contributions
OK
Mar 2019
Because it is right near the Okochi Sanso Garden and the bamboo grove, so interesting to see.
However, I would not go so much out of my way to see it.
Written 17 March 2019
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,493 contributions
Traditional dwelling of a local poet
Apr 2018 • Couples
We have again visited the traditional dwelling of the local poet in Rakushisha by early April this year. Nothing has changed except the local authorities had done a lot in thinning out the bushy tree leaves along the way from the riverside. Nice to stroll around the area.
Written 14 April 2018
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Christopher
343 contributions
Gorgeous respite
Feb 2018 • Couples
Small, yet gorgeous respite from the throngs of tourists throughout the bamboo forest. The house is dreamy, staff are friendly, visit is short, but quite satisfying.
Written 15 February 2018
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waffler_au
Melbourne, Australia135 contributions
Very tranquil when there are few visitors
Mar 2017 • Friends
A small attraction, and one of the cheaper attractions in Arashiyama. The house of a poet as others have mentioned, and literally, "falling persimmon house". I didn't see any persimmons though, fallen or otherwise. We came just after a rainstorm and were the only visitors (2 others leaving as we arrived, 2 others arrived as we left) It's incredibly peaceful when there aren't that many people around. Don't expect to see much, but you'll definitely get the feels! If you're feeling inspired you can even submit a few lines of poetry into the poetry box!
Written 14 April 2017
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YTCHENG
Hong Kong, China15,493 contributions
House of the Japanese poet
Nov 2016 • Friends
We have visited this spot by late November and found many visitors clustered here taking photos and listening to the local stories from the guides outside the house. The small house belonged to a famous poet, Kyorai Mukai with a small garden next to it. Several trees have been planted at the entrance of the house and there was a large rice field in front of the house. Not much to see around. For new comers, you just follow the signages or map indications to get to this tourist spot.
Written 10 December 2016
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Keizo
Kawasaki, Japan1,496 contributions
Tiny house
Jun 2016 • Solo
House of a famous poet, Kyorai Mukai. Very silent and elegant, worth visitng to feel something. Coming from Johjyakukouji you need to turn right after big rice field otherwise you will reach Nisonin as I did as there is only a tiny plate showing the name and arrow which can be easily neglected.
Written 2 June 2016
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ART196
244 contributions
落柿舎 [京都] House of Fallen Persimmons (Kyōto)
Mar 2016 • Solo
I visited this cottage because it is the oldest (late 1600s) clay wall, thatched roof residences I’ve heard of, and I like dwellings of such traditional, rustic character. The home was that of Mukai Kyorai (向井去来), one of the 10 disciples of Matsuo Basho. Basho visited Mukai at this cottage on 4 occasions and wrote his Saga Nikki here. Unfortunately, though I could see inside the buildings, there was no entry, at least when I came. A small garden surrounds the hermit’s hut, filled with stones with haiku carved into them. The residence got its name one autumn when Mukai Kyorai came to harvest the 40 persimmon trees he’d been cultivating in the garden, only to have a storm come the night before and bow them all to the ground, despoiling them. It looks like he embraced the disappointment with good humour. Still today poets come here to draw inspiration from these long-departed masters.
Written 22 April 2016
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