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Chidokan Shonai Domain School庄内藩校致道館

Historical Monument

Sakai Tadaari, the ninth lord of Tsuruoka Domain, established this domain school in 1805 with the aim of reforming samurai customs and cultivating surpassing individuals. The school’s educational policy focused on further strengthening each student’s innate talents. Today, the school is a designated National Historic Site and is open to the general public; facilities such as front Mikado gate, Confucian temple, and lecture hall remain intact. This facility is the only domain school still in existence in the Tohoku region.


Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 11-45 (Sakata / TsuruokaArea)

phone 0235234672


Review of Chidokan

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Reviewed:2016/10/14 Old School for young Samurai 若き武士の学び舎
Amazing it is still there, the old school for young Samuraiunder King Sakai , as it used to be. Subject included localized Analects of Confucius ethics...
Reviewed:2016/08/05 Limited interest as all signs in Japanese & English pamphlet very brief
Worth a look in if you are in the area. Free entry but not much more can be learnt than from a good travel book or quick Google search. Shame not more is translated into English.
Reviewed:2013/04/05 It's Free! Worth a look
The Chidokan is a free museum on the grounds of the old samurai school. It is quite interesting and they have a free pamphlet at the gate in English. They also ask that you sign their visitor book...

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Yamagata Pref. Tsuruokashi Babachou 11-45 [ map ]
Sakata / TsuruokaArea
Wednesday (Next Weekday for Public holiday)
[Admission fee]Free
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Not available (Please use a nearby public parking lot.)
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