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Kaichi Gakko Primary School

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Interesting Historic Site

One of the oldest elementary schools in Japan. The school was completed in 1876 and combines Japan... read more

Reviewed March 29, 2018
Bob W
Tokyo, Japan
Interesting look into a 19th century school

The schoolgrounds and the building itself are beautiful. Inside, there are several exhibits of 19th... read more

Reviewed January 12, 2018
Chong C
Singapore, Singapore
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2-4-12 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

This is a very interesting historical site in terms of the education system and how it developed in Japan. The architecture is also very unique. The building is in great condition, with beautiful wide plank pine floors with cut nails. You take off your shoes...More

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Reviewed March 29, 2018

One of the oldest elementary schools in Japan. The school was completed in 1876 and combines Japan and Western architecture; it operated until March 1963. It is a Meiji era cultural site. Various instruction materials and furnishings are on display. The school was reconstructed at...More

Thank Bob W
Reviewed March 23, 2018 via mobile

I guess we were expecting more than cold empty rooms with Japanese school equipment. Again, the human connection was missing. I wanted to know more about the education system of the time. With just a little more imagination and some modern technology, this could be...More

Thank Bob W
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

Apart from the fantastic design of this primary school there are many items on display with English explanatory which makes it easy to go back in time to late 19th century when this school opened it's doors and had approx 30 classes in total! The...More

Thank Martin W
Reviewed January 12, 2018

The schoolgrounds and the building itself are beautiful. Inside, there are several exhibits of 19th and early 20th century school items, from furniture to textbooks and drawings. Not all exhibits inside have English descriptions, so about 50 to 60% of the time you'll just be...More

Thank Chong C
Reviewed November 19, 2017

What a nice building, pitty that only part of the original is kep. But the classrooms where cute. A shame that everything is in japanese. is some was in english you could maken an international comparison

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Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

Since there is very little english translation to the exhibits, there is very little to take away from this museum, the school interior is not much different for any 100 year old school. The exterior was covered in cladding due to restoration work, we could...More

Thank Marjo1187
Reviewed June 16, 2017 via mobile

Came here given its historical significance. Oldest elementary school in Japan. Its close to the castle...under a 10min walk where you will pass by the Matsumoto shrine. Unfortunately during our visit it was under renovation. Located just south of the old building is the new...More

Thank BertSG
Reviewed April 1, 2017 via mobile

Worth looking for...not far from the castle. Some explanation English..most in Japanese. A lovely building which has been moved to its present location.

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Reviewed March 22, 2017 via mobile

As it's just down the road (5 min walk) from the castle it's worth dropping in to if you have an hour to spare. The entrance fee is just ¥300 (adult) so it's pretty cheap. There's not a whole lot to see as it's just...More

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