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Shoka Village School, Hagi

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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 a look at our Hagi trip generator to schedule your visit to Shoka Village School and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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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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  • This was really neat to walk through. The signs have English so you can read what each building was used for.  more »
  • This private school (Shōka Sonjuku), which was established in the 1840s, turned out many heroes who led the Meiji Restoration to a success. You can see the outside and the inside of the wooden house, ...  more »
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