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Hagi Meirin Gakusha

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4.2 (1369)

602 Emukai, Hagi, Yamaguchi 758-0041, Japan

Hagi Meirin Gakusha is a newfound tourist attraction located in Hagi city of Yamaguchi prefecture. It reopened recently after renovating the "Meirin Elementary School", the largest wooden school building in Japan built on the site of a former clan school where the heroes of the Meiji Restoration studied back then, "Meirinkan". The building is divided into 3 areas, the main building, the second building, and the former buildings of Meirinkan.

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phone+81 838-21-0304
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Mondays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Tuesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Thursdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Fridays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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nicholas calfacacos 4 weeks ago

Very helpful. English maps and a souvenir for foreigners if you fill out a simple survey

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Hey Fam 10 months ago

Really friendly staff welll around. I’m travelling with a big bag and was quite happy to pay for bag check but it’s apparently free! Loving hagi so far! Everyone is so nice

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P A N D A M A N D A a year ago

Getting about the ‘Five Young Men’ from Chosu who travelled to United Kingdom in 1863. They were determined to build a new Japan based firmly upon an industrial economy.

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John Durkin a year ago

Well done to Hagi City with the restoration and renewal of this historic school house. The expansive school house has been completely rebuilt in the late 1800’s style with exquisite attention to detail and historic preservation. The building is a combination visitors center, museum, cafe, and rest center. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Information is available in multiple languages. The museum has two exhibits, Bakumatsu (end of Edo period) and World Cultural Heritage. The Bakumatsu museum is excellent with a unique collection of Edo period navigation and survey tools, toys, clocks, medical instruments, late Edo post Black Ship weapons and equipment. I particularly loved the collection of globes, compasses, and military helmets that look like a cross between samurai and British tommy. The kamon marks on the equipment are precious and without a doubt this is the largest collection of these relics in the world. The other museum is dedicated to Hagi City’s registration as one of Japan’s industrial revolution sites. It’s less artifacts and mostly panels. This would appeal to engineers and history buffs. Overall a great experience. Beautifully presented, meticulously maintained, and friendly.

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Susanne Bendrien 4 years ago

Very modern and interesting visitor center. You can learn a lot about local history there, information displayed in English and lots of multimedia devices. Perfect place to start your experience of Hagi. Also with a tourist information center, a Cafe and restaurant.