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Kaichi Gakko Primary School

2-4-12 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-32-5725
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historical building

we weren't sure how to get inside to view althouh we saw others on a tour - the building exterior... read more

Reviewed July 30, 2016
New South Wales, Australia
A museum and a relaxing late lunch

It's old. The school. Though it feels as if it's renovated. I read in the museum that this... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2016
Tristan Sebasti... B
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2-4-12 Kaichi, Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture
+81 263-32-5725
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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.

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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...More

1  Thank Tristan Sebasti... B
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...More

2  Thank Judith G
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...More

5  Thank mwfwinnie
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...More

2  Thank KKYZ
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...More

Thank kupunakane
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...More

Thank seagullrob
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.

Thank sylvain2noumea
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...More

Thank ZokaShiz
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!

1  Thank Tanaka G
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