[Former Mitsuke School]
A modern Western-style elementary school building built in the Meiji period
Built after the proclamation of the Education System Order by the Ministry of Education in 1872, the former Mitsuke School is one of the oldest elementary schools in Japan. The school first used temple buildings as a place to teach. After a while, the decision was made to construct a new elementary school building. It was decided that the elementary school would be a Western-style wooden structure adjacent to Iwata Bunko, a private library that had been built at the end of the Edo period. The school building was completed in 1875, and the opening ceremony was performed. Initially, it was a two-story Western-style wooden building on a stone wall base, with a two-story tower on top. Then in 1883, the attic above the second floor was modified to add a third floor, making the school building much as it is today. Inside the school building, a classroom and the teachers’ room have been reproduced just as they were in the Meiji period, and teaching materials and archives related to local history and lifestyles are also on display.
A three-story building with two-story tower on top, the former Mitsuke School was also called "the five-story building of Mitsuke". (Nationally designated historic site.)
Upper left: A classroom scene from the Meiji period is reproduced using dolls. Upper right: Among the highlights are everyday tools and farm implements from olden times. Bottom: Housed in a storehouse with thick earthen walls built at the end of Edo period, Iwata Bunko has also been designated as one of the nation's historic sites.
|Address||Mitsuke 2452, Iwata City, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-538-32-4511 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Holidays||Every Monday (open if Monday is a holiday), the following day after a holiday (closed on Tuesday if a holiday falls on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday), December 29th to January 3rd|
|Access||Take the JR Tokaido Main Line from "Kakegawa Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 14 minutes, and alight at "Iwata Station". Take the Entetsu Bus bound for Iwata Shiritsu Byoin for approx. 10 minutes, alight at "KYUU MITUKE GAKKOU", and walk for approx. 1 minute.|
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updated on Sep 30, 2019
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