The site of Ashikaga School
A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan
It is said that over 3,000 students studied at the school during the disturbances of the 10-year civil war (Onin War) starting in the 15th century.
When the Catholic missionary Francis Xavier came to the country in 1549, he described it as “Japan’s largest and most famous school” in his correspondence. Ashikaga thus became widely known overseas as well.
Today buildings have been restored，and visitors can view classrooms in their original historic form and join a program reading The Analects of Confucius on Sundays.
|Address||2338 Shohei-cho， Ashikaga-city， Tochigi|
|Business Hours||09:00-16:30 (April to September)09:00-16:00 (October to March)|
|Days Closed for Business||the third Mondays (except Bank Holidays， in which case closed the next working day)， December29 to December 31|
|Price||Adult 420yen， Student (over-16s) 210yen， Child (under-15s) Free|
|Date||a program “Reading The Analects of Confucius aloud” held on Sundays (April to July， September to November)“Sekiten” the school’s traditional festival held in November|
|Map Code||34 594 864*56|
This area boasts evocative historical buildings and townscapes, such as the Ashikaga School, known for being the oldest school in Japan, and Kura no Machi, a district where buildings from the mid-19th century, a time when the area prospered as a commercial district, still stand. At Ashikaga Flower Park, you can see 350 blooming wisteria flowers, flowing downward from above, creating a world of enchantment.