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The Watayumi Mound is a stone tablet constructed in 1809, inscribed with a haiku written by Matsuo Basho.  Basho wrote it  when he stayed overnight at Takenouchi, a hometown of his disciple, Naemura Chiri.  There is a house next to the tablet where you can see materials about Basho and the autograph of Shiba Ryotaro. 

Basho visited Takenouchi in 1684 and prayed to various  Buddhas in Taimadera Temple.  From then on, he visited this place many times, and met Kojyo Ima.  Among all the haikus he wrote here, this poem is the most famous: 

Oh, Watayumi, Comforted by the biwa sound, 

Deep in a bamboo bush

 

Address:595 Takenouchi, Katsuragi City

Access: 20 minutes’ walk from the Iwaki Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line

Parking lot for 6 cars

Admission: Free