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Educational Heritage from Early-Modern Japan (1568-1868)
The Origins of Academics and Decorum

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STORY

In Japan, even prior to the introduction of a modern educational system, lessons in reading, writing, arithmetic, and etiquette were taught to the upper-class bushi (samurai class) as well as to commoners.
This high standard of education owes much to the widespread introduction of clan schools, regional schools, and private schools where people could study regardless of rank or class.
These institutions played an important role in the nation’s Meiji-era shift from a feudal society to a modern one. The country’s long-standing focus on the cultivation of scholarship and decorum is an important cultural asset and is widely recognized as instrumental to the success of Japan’s modernization.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Mito City
  • Train
    • From JR Tokyo Station to JR Mito Station (74 minutes by limited express of JR Joban Line)
  • Car
    • From the Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Mito IC (90 minutes by Joban Expwy and Kita-Kanto Expwy)
    • From Iwaki Chuo IC to Mito IC (90 minutes by Joban Expwy)
    • From Utsunomiya City to Mito Minami IC (90 minutes by Tohoku Expwy and Kita-Kanto Expwy)
    • From Maebashi City to Mito Minami IC (90 minutes by Kita-Kanto Expwy)
  • Expwy bus
    • From Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit to Mito Station (110 minutes)
    • From Ibaraki Airport to Mito Station (40 minutes)
Ashikaga City
  • Train
    • From Asakusa Station to Tobu Ashikagashi Station (about 70 minutes by limited express of Tobu Isesaki Line, about 60 minutes from Kita-senju Station)
    • From Oyama Station to JR Ashikaga Station (about 40 minutes by JR Ryomo Line, about 60 minutes from Takasaki Station)
  • Car
    • From the Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Ashikaga IC (about 80 minutes by Tohoku Expwy)
    • From the Tokyo Metropolitan Area to Sano-Fujioka IC (about 70 minutes by Tohoku Expwy)
    • Tokyo(Tohoku Expwy)~Iwafune JCT(Kita-Kanto Expwy)~Ashikaga IC(National Highway R293)~Ashikaga City(Approx. 1hr30min)
    • To Ashikaga Gakko : about 10-minute drive from Ashikaga IC, about 30 minutes from Sano-Fujioka IC
Bizen City
  • Train
    • From JR Himeji Station to JR Yoshinaga Station (49 minutes by JR Sanyo Main Line)
    • From JR Okayama Station to JR Yoshinaga Station (35 minutes by JR Sanyo Main Line)
    • From JR Okayama Station to JR Bizen-Katakami Station (44 minutes by JR Ako Line)
    • To ShizutaniGakko : 10-minute drive from JR Yoshinaga Station, 15minutes from JR Bizen-Katakami Station)
  • Car
    • From Suita IC to Bizen IC (110 minutes by Meishin Expwy and Sanyo Expwy)
    • From Okayama IC to Bizen IC (30 minutes by Sanyo Expwy)
    • From Okayama IC to Wake IC (25 minutes by Sanyo Expwy)
    • To ShizutaniGakko : about 15-minute drive from Bizen IC, 25 minutes from Wake IC
Hita City
  • Train
    • From JR Hakata Station to JR Hita Station (75 minutes by limited express of JR Kagoshima Main Line)
    • From JR Oita Station to JR Hita Station (100 minutes by limited express of JR Kyudai Main Line)
    • From JR Kurume Station to JR Hita Station (40 minutes by limited express of JR Kyudai Main Line)
    • From JR Kokura Station to JR Hita Station (130 minutes by JR HitaHikosan Line)
  • Car
    • From Fukuoka IC to Hita IC (70 minutes by Kyushu Expwy and Oita Expwy)
    • From Oita IC to Hita IC (75 minutes by Oita Expwy)
    • From Kumamoto IC to Hita IC (90 minutes by Kyushu Expwy and Oita Expwy)
  • Express Bus
    • From Fukuoka Airport to Hita City (75 minutes)
    • From JR Hakata Station to Hita City (100 minutes)

CONTACT

  • World Heritage Promotion Office, Historical and Cultural Properties Section, Education Department, Mito City Board of Education
  • TEL:+81-29-306-8132
  • Cultural Section, Ashikaga City Board of Education
  • TEL:+81-284-20-2230
  • World/Japan Heritage Promotion Office, Secretary and PR Section, Bizen City Mayor’s Office
  • TEL:+81-869-64-1800
  • World Heritage Promotion Office, Hita City Education Bureau
  • TEL:+81-973-22-0268