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

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Worth a look but lacking English information.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 21, 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 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 September 19, 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 August 20, 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 July 30, 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 July 16, 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 

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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 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 June 6, 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2016

The word "Kaichi" in Kanji means to Open Intelligence. Basically it was the first community school where even children of the farmers can attend school too. The building is very unique (see photos attached) and inside the building there are many exhibits and the classroom - showing us what the children studied and how they studied at that time.

2 Thank KKYZ
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

There was plenty of information about this building on the surrounding fence and on line. It was closed when we were there and I did not see anything that made me think it was ever open. It is close to other interesting sites so worth a few minutes of your time. There was an excellent kaki mochi stall run by... More 

Thank kupunakane
Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 21, 2016

This is certainly an interesting building, and very photogenic from the outside. It's only a stone's throw from the Crow Castle of Matsumoto and other similar buildings are nearby, such as the former Catholic Priest's residence, the Matsumoto Shrine and the Takahashi Family Residence, so you can visit it as part of a pleasant walk around Matsumoto.

Thank seagullrob

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