Kodokan Mito Domain School

Central Ibaraki

Castles/Historical Sites

Kodokan was established in 1841 by Nariaki Tokugawa, the ninth feudal lord of the Mito Domain. It was the largest school among the warrior clan and comparable to a university by today's standards. Students could study medicine, pharmacy, astronomy, and martial arts. Japan’s last shogun, Yoshinobu Tokugawa, was educated at the Kodokan for five years from the age of six. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, Yoshinobu spent four months confined to a room in Shizendo, part of the Kodokan complex at the time.


1-6-29 Sannomaru, Mito City
By public transport: 15-minute walk from Mito Station
By car: 30-minute drive from Mito IC on the Joban Expressway
Business Hours
Business Hours
February 20 to September 30: 9:00-17:00
October 1 to February 19: 9:00-16:30
Closed over the New Year's Holiday (December 29-31)
Adults: 400 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen
Seniors (age 70 and above): 200 yen
Group Discount Price (20 people or more)
Adults: 300 yen
Elementary and junior high school students: 150 yen
Seniors (age 70 and above): 200 yen


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