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Address: 2-4-12 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
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+81 263-32-5725

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Interesting. Well preserved attraction.

Worth visiting. Can walk from the castle in 10 mins. A very good example of Meiji architecture and nice displays inside. Not much English but they speak for themselves.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Nicholas G
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was very ute and interesting. Unfortunately, not many of the explanatory notes were in English so I feel we missed out on understanding a lot of what was presented. However, the information we did gather was interesting. The school is in very good condition and it was not very expensive to visit. You will wear slippers throughout the inside... More 

Thank Missy E
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth visiting. Can walk from the castle in 10 mins. A very good example of Meiji architecture and nice displays inside. Not much English but they speak for themselves.

Thank Nicholas G
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

Several of the attractions, including the castle are located close together allowing time to visit several of them on one walking trip. We visited Kaichi Gakko Primary School shortly before it closed and were concerned we would not have enough time to do the visit justice. This is one of the buildings you have to remove your shoes before entering... More 

Thank Tommy491
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Worth a look to see this as it is a pleasant walk from the castle and the Catholic Priests house is just across the road. The building is interesting and you can see the classrooms and school desks., books etc. Need more English translations to be better for westerners but old photos are interesting. Pretty gardens. Love how the new... More 

Thank lady5000
Verwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

We visited on a very wet afternoon and as retired teachers, found it really interesting. So many aspects are familiar wherever and when ever, and there are some really evocative photos of boys and girls at their lessons all those years ago. Not much information is in English, but it's a lovely building and a significant step in Japan's determination... More 

Thank VerwoodChurchmouse
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

明治時代の建物らしい、西洋の影響を受けた鮮やかさと造りそのものに興奮。 資金の7割を一般市民の寄付から募ったと思えないほどの立派な学校です。 今の小学校よりも非常にオシャレ。所要時間は30~40分かかります。 建物だけでなく、中の展示なども 戦前から戦後までの教育の歴史が理解できます。 大正、昭和、そして平成の時代での絵画の展示など興味深かったです。 「明治天皇御在所」という 休憩された部屋も残されており、いかに明治天皇が訪れることが当時大変素晴らしく盛大なことであったかが伺えます。 現在のものは移築されたものだそうですが、ぜひ 余った時間でも、 一見の価値はあると思います。 This place is so interesting. You can understand what kind of environment on whether Japan's child was learning at the time. You can feel that era in 1829.

Thank sqx
New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

we weren't sure how to get inside to view althouh we saw others on a tour - the building exterior and grounds were interesting enough.

Thank AuzziOne
Mysen, Norway
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

It's old. The school. Though it feels as if it's renovated. I read in the museum that this school was moved from its original place (which is somewhere along a nearby river) to the place where it stands today (next to an elementary school, I believe). There's not much to say about the museum. It was built during the Meiji... More 

1 Thank Tristan Sebasti... B
Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Nice old building with good label copy in English. The school was inaugurated in the late 1800s and represented the beginning of universal education in Matsumoto. The goal was to promote virtue and wisdom (a noble objective even for today's schools). Provided sandals were difficult to walk in.

2 Thank Judith G
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

It is the oldest school in Matsumoto which becomes museum now. Well-maintained! When we walked around the school, it reminds us of our school lives. There are many displays such as photos of early classrooms, school rules, 19th century textbooks, childrens' drawings, etc. Worth to spend time to look around and have more understanding about how Japanese developed their education... More 

5 Thank mwfwinnie

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