[Important Cultural Property Iwashina School]
A precious school building that evokes the Western-style architecture of the early Meiji period
Iwashina School was an elementary school that was founded in 1873 in Matsuzaki Town, Kamo County. Completed in 1880, the school building is an architectural masterpiece, and has been designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property. Its design incorporates Western-style architectural elements (such as arched windows and a balcony) into an overall architectural style typical of a Japanese shrine or temple: namako walls (black slate walls with white plaster grids), a karaha-style gable roof, and so on. Inside the school building, the exhibits include a classroom and the principal’s office reproduced just as they were during the Meiji period, and documents and materials about Matsuzaki, which once flourished as a region that produced early-season silk. Try-it-yourself workshops for making dolls out of cocoon balls are held throughout the year (first-come, first-served basis, additional fee required), and are an excellent opportunity to have fun while learning about the history and culture of silk cocoons.
Renovation work finished in 1992, and the school was restored to how it was in 1880.
Upper left: Nostalgic textbooks on display. Upper right: Kaikatei rest house in the garden was created by transferring and reconstructing the building that had once been Iwashina Village Hall. Bottom: Reproduction of a Meiji-period classroom.
|Address||Hokusoku 442, Iwashina, Matsuzaki Town, Kamo County, Shizuoka|
|Phone||+81-558-42-2675 (Japanese only)|
|Opening hours||9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Cocoon-ball doll workshop
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Time required: Approx. 90 to 120 minutes)
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Adults 300 yen
Junior high school age and under Free
● Cocoon-ball workshop
Elementary school age and under 500 yen
* Children who are in the 1st to 3rd grades at elementary school must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
|Access||Take the Izu Hakone Railway from "Mishima Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 35 minutes, and alight at "Shuzenji Station". Take the Nishi-Izu Tokai Bus bound for Matsuzaki for approx. 105 minutes, alight at "Matsuzaki" and take a taxi for approx. 10 minutes.|
|URL||General Incorporated Foundation Matsuzaki Town Promotion Agency
updated on Oct 1, 2019
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