Kaichi Gakko Primary School, Matsumoto

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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. Make Kaichi Gakko Primary School part of your personalized Matsumoto itinerary using our Matsumoto journey planner.
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  • The schoolgrounds and the building itself are beautiful. Inside, there are several exhibits of 19th and early 20th century school items, from furniture to textbooks and drawings. Not all exhibits insi...  more »
  • About 10 minutes ' walk from Matsumoto Castle. It is a modern building built in the Meiji era Western. Glass Windows and a central tower is a Western-style building, but interesting in tiled roof. Further afield from Matsumoto Castle to blue skies, the weather is good, we recommend that you want.
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  • Could not open in the new year. Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto City Museum of art the main attractions were open only to shame. Took a picture from the outside was nice and this is kinda weird. Want to go again. Northern bus stops in close. Pretty good weekend is about 3 per hour?
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  • Good place to spend an hour while in Matsumoto - it's only a short walk away from the Castle. The school is darling and has original desks and educational books.
  • Old school building that has been preserved vey well. Most exhibition items are around the school and descriptions are all in Japanese. A bit dull in my opinion.
  • Interesting building and exhibits. Very limited English explanations on exhibits.
  • Historic school building
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