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Kaichi Gakko Primary School

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Address: 2-4-12 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 263-32-5725
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Insights into the modernization of education in Japan

This delightful Meiji-era school building is the perfect setting for a museum containing displays on the evolution of education in Japan during the nation's early... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We enjoyed visiting one of the oldest elementary school in Japan which was functional for 90years. A real symbol of the Meiji era civilization with a mixt architecture. A must!

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Hayling Island, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a lovely building, but of very limited interest if you are unable to read Japanese. There is a leaflet in English but this only gives very rudimentary information, and going around the rooms there is very little else with English translations.

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Nagano, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

It is only about 1-2 kilometers from the center of town and you better make the efforts to go and see it. Very beautiful building in a beautiful surrounding. Really nice gardens around, great place for picnic, or just to visit. On the last weekend of May, a HUGE craft fair is in this place.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Interesting European style building with lots of fascinating exhibits. Schools rooms setup in old european style. Samples of texts and student work. Very little or no english translation. Find a guide or don't bother.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This delightful Meiji-era school building is the perfect setting for a museum containing displays on the evolution of education in Japan during the nation's early industrialization. In addition to the displays, that include drawings and photos of early classrooms as well as samples of 19th century textbooks, the building itself forms part of the museum. While Western in design, a... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Wonderful history of the 1st school to integrate the Samurai "wealthy kids" with the commoner kids. Original desks (you can sit in) chalkboards and photos of students. Photos of students bundled in coats and blankets ( no heat) the first class for the blind and student books. As an educator this was a great experience.

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

This old primary school is a good example of architecture when Japan opened up the country to Westerns. The building was built by contributions from locals, was used between 1876 and 1963, and then was moved from original site near Sensai-Bashi bridge to current site due to flood damage. The building itself is typical 1860s modern architecture. The plate in... More 

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Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

While visiting it, you'll feel how much love and devotion the people of Matsumoto contributed in this building, the biggest one in the city at that moment (except the castle itslef). An amazing example of parental sacrifice.

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

the wooden tables+chairs reminds me of my primay school, the classrooms now all become exhibition rooms, with English explanation plates on the exhibitions as well

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2010

Built in 1876, the Kaichi Primary school is the first community school in the region embracing western education, as evidenced in the architecture of the building.In1872, the national education system was reformed after Japan opened its door to the rest of the world in 1854. It served as an elementary school for 90 years and is now designated as National... More 

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