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Address: 2338 Shoheicho, Ashikaga 326-0813, Tochigi Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 284-41-2655
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 March 2016
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Baton Rouge
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

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 it is a very relaxing place to visit (Visited 2007)

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Thank Blake P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

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 guided tours also. They also provide an English pamphlet. This and the surrounding area are beautiful.

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1 Thank Mike F
Tokyo, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

This school is said to be the oldest school in Japan. All the buildings and garden in excellent shape and well maintained. Parking lot in the vicinity is free of charge too. Very recommendable on a sunny day.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

I had the pleasure of visiting this school in August - taken around by local people. It is definitely worth seeing. The grounds are beautiful and you can almost visulise the students in their classes. Locals tell me that there is a tradition where students hung pieces of paper with difficult questions that they can't answer and the next day... More 

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1 Thank Kim B
adelaide
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

This is an amazing old relic in Ashikaga, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. Situated about one hour by Ryomo train outside Tokyo, it is the oldest school in Japan. Obviously no lessons are taught there !!!! Its a little old !!! Still however, its a truly amazing place.

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La Mesa, CA.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2015

Established in 832 A.D. as a school to study the teachings of Confucius this "university" stayed in operation as a school until 1921. None of the original building remain, however the gates, buildings, dorms. etc. have been reconstructed in wood to match the originals. Well, well worth seeing if you are in the area and have any interest at all... More 

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Egypt
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2014

I was lucky to visit and it is indeed a beautiful site. Wonderful area to walk around and look at all of the different buildings, exhibits and history. Would be much better is everything had translations so English speakers could understand better what they are looking at. There is a nice brochure which you receive at the entrance but it... More 

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Hawaii
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2014

To be able to set foot and visit the buildings of the oldest university in Japan was a privilege. It was steeped in history and the library was especially interesting. With the entrance fee, instead of a ticket, you receive a printed calligraphy card which says that you are now entering as a new student of this school. Thought this... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2012

This is one of if not the oldest school in Japan! Statues of Confucius, very old architecture, and a very cheap entrance fee. Great place to just relax for a while if you've got the time, read some plaques, soak up some of the atmosphere. The city around the school has built up quit a bit, not to the point... More 

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