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Kodokan (弘道館) is a remaining Samurai School located in Mito, Ibaraki Pref. It was found in 1841 by Tokugawa Nariaki, the lord of Mito Domain. Kodokan served as the Mito clan's school for the feudal domains. The last Shogun Yoshimune stayed here. Kodokan, today, is also popular Ume spot in Kanto.

Tourist Info.
Admission: 190 yen for Adult, 100 yen for kids.
Open: 9:00 to 17:00 (16:30 from 10/01 to 2/19)

0. at Mito Station.
1. walk north (8 min.)


周围的地图 Kodokan


Kodokan was founded by Tokugawa Nariaki in 1841 for Samurai and their children of Mito Domain. The admission age as 15 and there was no graduation or completion age.

Both traditional academics and military art were emphasized at the school, which also had one of the nation's best premises. Smiliar to modern university, the Kodokan had academic halls like Seicho and Nobility hall where students learned traditional subjects, an artistic wing for learning military arts, as well as medicine, astronomical observatory, racecourses for horseback riding, and an area for military training.

The section where the Eight trigrams hall, Kashima shrine, and Confucian temple were built was considered sacred grounds. At the academic halls, students learned like Confucianism, history, astronomy, mathematics, and music. Subjects like sword fighting, spearing, military strategy, and equestrian skills were taught in the artistic wing of the school.

Seicho Room
A large literary examination room.

Seicho Common Room
Room for visitors and those who were excused from various military duties.

Nobility Hall
The feudal lord's recreation room.
Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last Shogun, was confined in this room after the Meiji Restoration.

There are many Tokugawa related items, including their drawing and painting arts in the building.