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Kaichi Gakko Primary School

Address: 2-4-12 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 263-32-5725
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Ranked #8 of 36 Attractions in Matsumoto
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Tokyo, Japan
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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267 reviews 267 reviews
86 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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132 reviews 132 reviews
119 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
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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