I’ve been focusing a lot on Tochigi lately, and here is yet another Tochigi postcard, this one featuring the famous Ashikaga School in Ashikaga, Tochigi.
Ashikaga Gakkou is Japan’s oldest university, most likely founded in the ninth century, then restored in 1432 by Uesugi Norizane, who imported many Chinese books and brought the school to it’s highest prestige. During the Meiji Period, the school came under the management of Ashikaga Prefecture (now Tochigi Prefecture), and the school was disestablished and half used for an elementary school. Finally in the 1980s the elementary school was moved and restoration work began. This restoration took 10 years to complete, but result in the beautiful wood buildings tourists can see today.
The postcard depicts the middle gate of the school, called the “School Gate”. The kanji depicted are the Chinese characters for “School”, which was simplified in Japanese to “学校”.
The School Gate
The Ashikaga School can be reached on either the Tobu Isesaki Line to Ashikagashi Station or the JR Ryomo Line to Ashikaga Station, then on foot about 10-15 minutes. Hours are 9-5 April through September, and 9-4:30 October to March. Closing days are the third Monday of every month (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a holiday), and during the New Year from December 29th to the 31st. Entrance fee is 420 yen for adults, and 210 yen for High School Students. Junior High School age and younger get in free. There is an English pamphlet available, but little English signage. You can find out more information about visiting the schhool and other Ashikaga City attractions from the Ashikaga City page here.