The site of Ashikaga School

Other Historic Site/Building
These are the ruins of Ashikaga School—said to be the oldest school in Japan—which was abandoned in 1872. The original building has been reconstructed and designated as a Japan Heritage. It is open to the public, so you can see where students studied back during the earliest days of education in Japan.

Spot details

Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Shouheichou 2338
[Apr.- Sep.]-17:00
*Admission until 30 minutes before closing
3rdWednesday (Nov. Only 2ndWednesday), The end of the year (12/29-12/31) * May close outside of stated days for facility maintenance, etc.
[Admission fee]
[High school student]220yen
Parking Lot
*Separately, school east multi-purpose parking lot(8spaces)Available
Credit Card
Not available
Temporary suspension:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 1, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
30-120 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Yes (not allowed inside the building)

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


  • Beautiful heritage
    5.0 Reviewed:2018.10.21
    Being the oldest university of Japan this is a true marvel of Japanese culture and heritage. Beautiful and tranquil.
  • Nice Place
    4.0 Reviewed:2016.03.23
    Visiting this school is nice, because it is different from the typical shrines and temples that one normally visits in the area. The layout and history associated with the school is interesting and...
  • Sight seeing
    5.0 Reviewed:2015.10.11
    Ashikaga is a must see. The south and north ponds are both beautiful but my favorite is the north. The set up and foliage are so that it is beautiful during all four seasons. They have english...

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