Shoka Village School, Hagi

See where one of the Meji Restoration heroes, Yoshida Shoin, taught Japanese students of every social status at Shoka Village School. The tiny wooden and tiled roof school began as a single 13 sq m (139 sq ft) classroom with eight tatami floors. Eventually the students helped and added an additional room and 105 tatami floors. The celebrated teacher discussed the future of the nation here, inspiring many of his followers and students to become reformers of modern Japan. Inside, see the statue dedicated to the great mentor and photographs of the renowned reformers. Take the guesswork out of planning a Hagi vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.
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  • 8 tatami +10 played the Meiji Restoration here is not great, but men who have learned, with the real one year too long and deep emotion that I think there are. The tourist bus also often come, was crowded with visitors. Next year is crowded even in 150 years of restoration.
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  • I think I learned a lot of historical notables here, humbled. Just to look at from the outside, thinking about how long Japan's future, having had or hope or can.
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  • During the holidays it was so many tour groups. There are a number of old buildings, but is nowhere else, listening groups describing where it blocked for a long time, is difficult to see.
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The old castle town of Hagi has a number of particularly characterful accommodations in its historic center. Primarily located next to the river as it works its way inland, the options here include traditional ryokans with Japanese-style rooms and onsite onsens. Look farther out from the historic core for the budget-friendly options, including a couple of hostels and some standard hotels--here you'll have basic amenities, but great access to the main sights of this small town.
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