Chidokan Clan School  Kyû Chidôkan  旧致道館


Area: Central Tsuruoka

Distance from the station: 5 min. (by car)

Type: History/Culture


This clan school was opened in 1805 by Sakai Tadaari, who was revolted by society's deteriorating moral values. To improve the manners, the knowledge, and the quality of the warriors and the citizens in general, Tadaari opened this school where Ogyû Sorai's Confucianist doctrine was taught very thoroughly. The first Chidokan Clan School was initially located in front of the current Tsuruoka Station but then moved next to the Shonai Castle in Tsuruoka Park in 1816. On top of regular classrooms and libraries, the school featured an archery practice area and a horse riding track. The school was abandoned in 1873 due to the Boshin War that put an end to the Shogunate and the Lord system.


Chidokan's Clan School is registered in the National Historical Monuments list since 1951. 


Basic Info

Entrance fee: Free

Open hours: 9:00 to 16:30

Closed days: Every Wednesday. If Wednesday is a national holiday, is closed on the following day instead.

Address: Bunei-100 Kamiyamazoe, Tsuruoka, Yamagata 997-0346

Phone number: (+81)235-23-4672


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