Toyosato Shogakko Kyukoshagun

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Toyosato Shogakko Kyukoshagun

Toyosato Shogakko Kyukoshagun
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Nice quiet location
Jan 2019
This is the school featured in K-On! and is somewhat far away from any big cities. The trains only run about once an hour, so it's important to keep track of time so you don't miss your train. Also make sure you stand on the correct platform, because once the train arrives, the train crossing barrier prevents you from getting over to the other side (in our case, the train conductor noticed we were on the wrong side, and was nice enough to motion for us to walk under the barrier so we were able to make it on the train). The train station has no staff, and does not use IC cards like most other railways, so while departing from Toyosato, you'll have to either pay as you leave the train, or at the station once you get off at the last stop. It may be hard to know exactly how much to pay, but we just looked up the route on Google Maps as we got to the last stop. On the walk from the station to the school, you'll see many street crossing sign characters based on characters from K-On! (and also Hatsune Miku and Konata from Lucky Star, for some reason). You'll also see various printed flyers for birthdays of some of the characters, so presumably they still hold birthday parties on those days in the school every year. The school itself is somewhat small -- the first floor seems to be mostly a community center and also has a small exhibit about the history of the building. The upper floor contains the clubroom from the anime, and has various whiteboards and notebooks that fans of the anime can write/draw in. It's interesting to see how many fans still visit this building even after so many years. In an adjacent building, there is a small gift shop with t-shirts and keychains of the anime as well as merchandise of the school's mascot character. You can also find a lot of figures of characters from the anime, along with a large assortment of instruments and posters, and the upper floor has life-size standees of the main cast. Definitely a fun experience if you're even vaguely familiar with K-On!, though be prepared to spend a lot of time getting there and back.
Where K-ON was based
Aug 2015
Visited this as a short day trip from Hikone, be careful to check the train schedules for Toyosato as they only run about once per hour. The station is also unmanned, so either buy a 1 Day Smile Ticket (1 day unlimited pass available during Friday, weekends and holiday at 880 yen) at manned stations or pay up upon exiting in front of the train. The school is about a 20-30 minute walk from the station, and is beside the new Toyosato Elementary school. This old school was the basis for K-ON, down to the smallest detail. This compound can be visited by anyone for free, and it's fun discovering where the Light Music clubroom and auditorium is. I actually stumbled upon an airconditioned movie viewing room on 1 side of the building where some children and mothers were watching a classic movie, and another room in the ground floor where the history of the building was displayed. The Light Music clubroom can be found on the third floor, using the stairways near the main entrance. The room is highly identical to the one in the anime, and fans have put in plenty of props and messages there. Kind of sad though, because fewer people have visited in recent years and I feel that this exhibit would be closed sooner or later. The auditorium is found on the right side of the compound, and is detached from the main building. It's a nice place to visit as well, and looks exactly like the one in anime too. There is also a small souvenir shop/community center on the left side, where I found children staying there for hours playing board games and such. A lot of K-ON memorabilia donations can be found there too, can't believe that fans donate such items for the love of the anime.

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Aug 2015 • Family
Visited this as a short day trip from Hikone, be careful to check the train schedules for Toyosato as they only run about once per hour. The station is also unmanned, so either buy a 1 Day Smile Ticket (1 day unlimited pass available during Friday, weekends and holiday at 880 yen) at manned stations or pay up upon exiting in front of the train.

The school is about a 20-30 minute walk from the station, and is beside the new Toyosato Elementary school. This old school was the basis for K-ON, down to the smallest detail. This compound can be visited by anyone for free, and it's fun discovering where the Light Music clubroom and auditorium is. I actually stumbled upon an airconditioned movie viewing room on 1 side of the building where some children and mothers were watching a classic movie, and another room in the ground floor where the history of the building was displayed.

The Light Music clubroom can be found on the third floor, using the stairways near the main entrance. The room is highly identical to the one in the anime, and fans have put in plenty of props and messages there. Kind of sad though, because fewer people have visited in recent years and I feel that this exhibit would be closed sooner or later.

The auditorium is found on the right side of the compound, and is detached from the main building. It's a nice place to visit as well, and looks exactly like the one in anime too.

There is also a small souvenir shop/community center on the left side, where I found children staying there for hours playing board games and such. A lot of K-ON memorabilia donations can be found there too, can't believe that fans donate such items for the love of the anime.
Written September 3, 2015
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Jan 2019 • Friends
This is the school featured in K-On! and is somewhat far away from any big cities. The trains only run about once an hour, so it's important to keep track of time so you don't miss your train. Also make sure you stand on the correct platform, because once the train arrives, the train crossing barrier prevents you from getting over to the other side (in our case, the train conductor noticed we were on the wrong side, and was nice enough to motion for us to walk under the barrier so we were able to make it on the train).

The train station has no staff, and does not use IC cards like most other railways, so while departing from Toyosato, you'll have to either pay as you leave the train, or at the station once you get off at the last stop. It may be hard to know exactly how much to pay, but we just looked up the route on Google Maps as we got to the last stop.

On the walk from the station to the school, you'll see many street crossing sign characters based on characters from K-On! (and also Hatsune Miku and Konata from Lucky Star, for some reason). You'll also see various printed flyers for birthdays of some of the characters, so presumably they still hold birthday parties on those days in the school every year.

The school itself is somewhat small -- the first floor seems to be mostly a community center and also has a small exhibit about the history of the building. The upper floor contains the clubroom from the anime, and has various whiteboards and notebooks that fans of the anime can write/draw in. It's interesting to see how many fans still visit this building even after so many years.

In an adjacent building, there is a small gift shop with t-shirts and keychains of the anime as well as merchandise of the school's mascot character. You can also find a lot of figures of characters from the anime, along with a large assortment of instruments and posters, and the upper floor has life-size standees of the main cast.

Definitely a fun experience if you're even vaguely familiar with K-On!, though be prepared to spend a lot of time getting there and back.
Written January 21, 2019
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