The Oldest Public School in the Country

Shizutani School

bizen city
Lights illuminate the stunning autumn foliage


This structure was built approximately 340 years ago and was the oldest school for commoners managed by the domain. The lecture hall is a National Treasure, and the building is an Important Cultural Property. The school was based in Confucianist moral and spiritual studies, and the analects of Confucius were taught. Currently, the lecture hall is used to study the analects (reservations required). In autumn two large trees on the property lend seasonal color, and in November the building and trees are illuminated at night. The roof is paved entirely with beautiful Bizen pottery tiles from nearby Bizen kilns.


Bizen City is famous for its pottery, and incorporates the ancient pottery town of Inbe as well as the Hinase and Yoshinaga districts. Bizen pottery is unglazed and is made from a refined, dark brown clay.  It dates from the Heian period (794 to 1185 A.D.), and is one of the six remaining oldest kilns in Japan. Bizen pottery exemplifies the concept of wabi-sabi and is therefore popular with many tea ceremony and flower arrangement practitioners. The Hinase region is known for its delicious oysters and citrus fruit, as well as for beautiful sunsets over the Seto Inland Sea, while the Yoshinaga area is known for the historical Hattoji district, where visitors can enjoy the rustic village scenery.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
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