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Old Shizutani School

Bizen City

Japan’s oldest school for commoners, certified as the first Japan Heritage site

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Built in 1670 as Japan’s first school for common folk, the Old Shizutani School was designated as a Japan Heritage site in 2015. Including the auditorium, a National Treasure surrounded by a stone wall, all the ceramics used for the roof tiles are Bizen pottery, traditional ceramic representative of Japan. The area around the school also offers a variety of sights with most buildings designated Important Cultural Properties of Japan, including the Shizutani-jinja Shrine. In fall, the two Chinese pistache trees on the school grounds take on beautiful red and yellow hues, making the school a popular spot for viewing fall foliage. Visitors can also enjoy a night view of the fall foliage during the limited-time event in which the area is illuminated after sunset.

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Basic information

Address
784, Shizutani, Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture
Access
8 min by taxi from JR Yoshinaga Sta.
Business Hours
9:00am – 5:00pm
Closed
December 29 – 31
Admission
General admission 400 yen; students 100 yen (elementary and junior high); seniors (65 and older) 200 yen
Tel.
0869-67-1436
Website
http://shizutani.jp/english/(English)

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