Uraminotaki became famous when 芭蕪 Basho trekked to it in 1689,and wrote a haiku in its honor in his おくのほそ道 Oku No Hoso Michi, Narrow Road to the North.|
May 16, 2007
Crystal clear skies this morning after yesterday's storm. 女峰山 Onnaminusan glissens with its dusting of snow. Board a local bus for a 10 minute ride to the trailhead for Urami-no-taki, the waterfall that Basho visited in spring of 1689. A pleasant half hour gentle climb up a paved road with a few new houses with their futons hung out in the bright sun and come to path leading into a river gorge. The sound of water mixed with bird song greets me. And there it is, just as Basho saw it 318 years ago. It is called Urami-no-taki, because it would be possible to walk behind it and look out. But today it would be a perilous venture to try it for the narrow trail leading behind it is almost non existant. Perhaps in Basho's time it was passable.