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Konpuku-ji was built in 864 by a priest named Jikaku. The famous poet Matsuo Basho stopped at this temple for a few nights, and stayed in a small building in the temple compound, which was later renamed Basho-an. The temple zen garden is a classic rock garden with many satsuki rhododendrons, making early summer the best time to visit. A small path goes around the back of the garden and climbs a slope covered with satsuki to reach Basho-an.
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Konpuku-ji was built in 864 by a priest named Jikaku.  The famous poet Matsuo Basho stopped at this temple for a few nights, and stayed in a small building in the temple compound, which was later renamed Basho-an.  The temple zen garden is a classic rock garden with many satsuki rhododendrons, making early summer the best time to visit.  A small path goes around the back of the garden and climbs a slope covered with satsuki to reach Basho-an.