Kodokan

Historical Monument
This school, built by the ninth lord of Mito Domain Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841, was once one of the largest domain-sponsored schools in the country. During the Battle of the Kodokan, an internal struggle which occurred in 1868, the majority of the building was destroyed in a fire, but portions of the original facility, including the front gate, Shizendo hall, and reception hall, as well as stone monuments, still stand today. In 2015, the location was designated a Japan Heritage Site by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as part of the Educational Heritage from Early-Modern Japan group of structures. Inside, there is a museum space where visitors can view historical materials and artefacts such as Chinese poetry by esteemed intellectual Yoshida Shoin; and a picture of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of Japan.

Spot details

Address
Ibaraki Pref. Mitoshi Sannomaru 1-6-29 map map Map
Phone
0292314725
Hours
9:00-17:00
[10/1-2/19]9:00-16:30
Closed
The end of the year(12/29-12/31)
Fees
[Admission fee]
[Adult]400yen
[Small/Junior High School Students]200yen
Parking Lot
Available(13spaces)
Credit Card
Available(VISA, MasterCard, JCB, AMEX, UnionPay, DISCOVER, Diners Club)
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available(IBARAKI-FREE-Wi-Fi)
English Menu
Available
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Available
Infant friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

Review

  • Fascinating place with a great history
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.10.14
    We were shown the building by a volunteer Japanese guide with some basic English, enough to name the purposes of the rooms. This did add to our appreciation of the building. The grounds are gorgeous...
  • A nice place to learn about the largest school in Edo period Japan
    4.0 Reviewed : 2019.08.03
    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...
  • famous samurai school
    4.0 Reviewed : 2018.11.18
    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...

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