A haiku culture flourished in Itami of the Edo Period around a thriving sake brewing industry. This library was launched by methodically adding a collection of the late Rihei Okada (Kakimori by penname) to the plethora of cultural assets accumulated at that time. The collection contains some 9,500 pieces amongst books, scrolls and poems on paper strips, and is considered the one of the three biggest collections of haiku poetry in Japan alongside the Jachiku and Chikurei Collection of The University of Tokyo Library System and the Wataya Collection of the Tenri Central Library.

How to get there: Get off JR at Itami. About 7 minutes on foot from there. Get off Hankyu Railway at Itami. 9 minutes on foot from there.
Closed: Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)