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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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Ancient desks brought back memories

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Judith G
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Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez, Guatemala
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Mysen, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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.

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Hawaii
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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 

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Brisbane, Queensland
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

An interesting way to discover the conditions of study, into that school, that was amongst the first public school created in Japan. Not expensive, takes less than one hour to visit, as everything is written in Japanese.

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Shizuoka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 via mobile

I really enjoyed this time slip experience. It's worth having a look if you're in the area, but save for one mock-up of an old classroom, most rooms were empty save for a few exhibits of old textbooks and so on. To be honerst, these could have been confined to one or two rooms. I was expecting to see the... More 

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Tokyo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

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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