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When Basho visited Nikko in the spring of 1689 he wrote that he could see Mount Kurokami through the mist in the distance and that it was brilliant white, although its name was Black Hair Mountain. Sora, Basho's traveling companion wrote a haiku about it. In May, 2007, a local tells me that the chain of mountains here-about is called Kurokamiyamadaira. it is most likely that Basho may have been referring to Onnaminusan, which is the mountain most easily viewed from near the Toshoku shrine.

The small mountain directly behind the Kanaya Hotel is named 大黑山 Dakurosan. Basho was not always geographically accurate!

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