Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Matsumoto

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Learn about the Japanese education system at Kaichi Gakko Primary School, one of the country’s first schools. Inside the school-turned-museum, you can view various educational materials, stretching from the institution's establishment in 1873 until now. The museum is housed in a two-story Western-style building featuring elements of Japanese architecture. Its Western architectural influences come in the form of its second-floor balcony, decorated pillars, and its white plaster walls. The building’s central octagonal tower and carvings of dragons represent the Asian influence in the building’s design. About 70% of its construction costs were covered by donations from local townsfolk. Plan your Kaichi Gakko Primary School visit and explore what else you can see and do in Matsumoto using our Matsumoto journey planner.
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  • The Former Kaichi School was founded in 1873, Construction was completed in 1876 and it served as a functional school for 90-years until 1963. Having been designated an important cultural asset in...  more »
  • Former Kaichi School located a kilometer from the castle is me of the first modern school buildings in Japan. Although converted into a museum now, the exterior and the garden are still worth a...  more »
  • Beautiful old school.
  • Had a great time there! To be fair, it built up with some fun interactions with locals, but the museum itself is quite interesting. In hindsight there wasn't really that much, still I managed to spend over an hour in that. Has a quite lovely feel to it.

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