The site of Ashikaga School 史跡足利学校 (Shiseki Ashikaga Gakko)

A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan

A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan
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. Praising the results, the Roman Catholic missionary, Saint Francis Xavier introduced Ashikaga to the world as the largest and most famous university of Japan. 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.
  • A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan
  • A National Historic Site known as the oldest academic institution in Japan

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Basic Information

Address 2338 Shohei-cho, Ashikaga-city, Tochigi
Telephone Number 0284-41-2655
Website http://www.city.ashikaga.tochigi.jp/site/ashikagagakko/
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
DirectionsBy rail or bus: 5-minute walk from the North exit of Ashikaga station on the JR Ryomo line, or 15-minute walk from the North exit of Ashikaga-shi station on the Tobu Isezaki line
By car: approx.10-minute drive from Ashikaga IC on the Kita-Kanto Expressway or approx.12-minute drive from Otakiryu IC