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Kodokan Park

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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A nice place to learn about the largest school in Edo period Japan

The ‘Shiro shitsu’(document room) to the right after entering the building has very good English... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2019
Tochigi, Japan
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famous samurai school

After visiting Kairakuen, Semba Lake and Mito Komon´s birthplace I walked up to the former school... read more

Reviewed November 17, 2018
Munich, Germany
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Reviewed August 2, 2019 via mobile

The ‘Shiro shitsu’(document room) to the right after entering the building has very good English translation so I recommend visiting that room first to learn the background history before walking around the building and garden area.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed November 17, 2018

After visiting Kairakuen, Semba Lake and Mito Komon´s birthplace I walked up to the former school inside a small but attractive park probably best visited when the plum trees blossom. The school building is a fine example of classical Japanese architecture. There are samples of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed March 29, 2018

Most feudal domains in the Edo era maintained a school for samurais to provide them with higher education and training of swordmanship especially towards the end of the Edo era. Koudoukan was a relatively large school and up to a thousand samurais attended at the...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2017

Kodokan is not the most beautiful park I've seen in Japan, but I liked the history behind it and the Tokugawa shoguns. There's a little shop inside that sells handmade craft and I recommend buying small souvenirs there. Definitely better than in Tokyo. The Kodokan...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank SvenssonDE
Reviewed March 13, 2017

This is a university for young Samurai at that time. Amazingly, they had to study not only martial arts but also math., language, and science. You can see how they used to study and stay several hundred years ago.

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed March 1, 2017

This school dates back to 1841 when it was founded by Nariaki Tokugawa as a military and academic training facility for the Tokugawa clan. The Kobuntei building was destroyed by bombing in August 1945 and rebuilt in 1955-58. The articles on display and the surrounding...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank 26waynew
Reviewed April 21, 2016

The following is a description I wrote for a special interest page where I uploaded this album originally, and thus its focus: So I’ve been, I’ve finally been. The Mitogaku (Mito School) had immense importance in the creation of modern Japan and bringing about the...More

Date of experience: December 2015
4  Thank ART196
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