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)
We'll warm our bodies gathering maple leaves,
In turn those red boughs to the flames consign;
And then we'll warm the sake, hot and sweet,
To warm our autumn hearts with the hot wine.