The Path of Basho: Oku no Hosomichi

Turn back the clock over 300 years, take the same path on an E-Bike

Oku no Hosomichi for the 21st Century

Oku no Hosomichi

Matuso Basho and Oku no Hosomichi

In March of 1689, Haiku poet Matsuo Basho set out with companion Sora on a journey north to Tohoku and Hokuriku.
Altogether, the journey of over 2,400 km (1,500 miles) took 150 days.

Tour Features

Planned and run by a certified British Government Cycling Tourism tour guide, besides simply visiting historic sites, this tour offers a challenging experience where guests write their own Haiku at each location. (There are two Haiku workshops, one before, and one during the tour.)
In addition, this tour includes chances to interact with locals at each location during experiences such as sweetfish fishing, Kagura performances, sake tastings, tea ceremony, Zazen meditation, and many other activities showcasing Japanese culture.

This project was selected as part of the Agency of Cultural Affairs’ ‘Cultural Tourism Content Enrichment Project aimed at the Revitalisation and Expansion of Tourism’.