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Aizu Hanko Nisshinkan


UpdateMarch 29, 2018
ReleaseMarch 29, 2018

Nisshinkan, which was a school of the Aizu domain, was built in 1803 and was one of the finest schools in Japan in terms of the scale and the quality of education, out of over 300 competing schools located all over Japan. Besides martial arts, reading and writing, astronomy, medicine, science and manners were taught. It was originally located adjacent to the Tsurugajo Castle but burned down during the Boshin War. The buildings were later reconstructed where they stand now. Visitors can experience Japanese archery, the tea ceremony, zazen (seated meditation) and painting on an akabeko (a small cow-shaped toy). Advanced bookings are necessary for all activities, except Japanese archery.