Visit this well-preserved beautiful wooden school building from the Meiji period

Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School

maniwa city, okayama prefecture, visitwestjapan
Photo source | Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School Facebook Page


Built in 1907, this Meiji era (1868 – 1912) French-style building has been transformed into a public space featuring a large lecture room that can accommodate up to 200 people and a classroom that can be used by around 30 people at a time.

The former elementary school is now part of a greater complex which includes two gymnasiums, a library and other learning facilities under the name Kuse Espace. Part of the name was taken from the French word for ‘space’ and refers to the open design of the original elementary school and the modern structures that make up the facility.

In addition to the many conferences rooms and lecture halls available there is also a cafe that serves drinks and light meals.

One of the nicest aspects of Kuse Espace is that music lessons are available for young people and there are several clubs as well. There is also a chorus group that is open to members who are over 19 years old.

There is a lot to see and do in the Maniwa area after visiting Kuse Espace. Of course you can simply enjoy a walk around the spacious grounds of the complex and find the perfect spot to sit and appreciate the scenery.

While in Maniwa City, take the opportunity to explore the highland area of Hiruzen and the Daisen and Oku Daisen mountain districts, which are famous for their natural beauty and agricultural products.

Make the most of your visit to Maniwa City by staying at the Yubara Hot Spring Village. Well-known for the stunning Yubara Dam and the healing properties of its waters, visitors are attracted to this region year round.

Access: Take the JR Tsuyama Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Tsuyama Station. Transfer to the JR Kishin Line. Take the JR Kishin Line from JR Tsuyama Station to JR Kuse Station. Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School is 800 meters (about a 10 minute walk) east of JR Kuse Station.


About the Area

Maniwa City is a vast rural city that offers travelers the opportunity to enjoy lush scenery, agricultural goodness, outdoor activities, historic townscapes and relaxing hot springs.

The Hiruzen Highlands and the surrounding mountains largely define Maniwa’s natural environment. Highland pastures are home to the local dairy industry, which is at the forefront of milk and natural cheese production.

The mountains of the Hiruzen region are great for skiing and trekking, with the lowland areas offering excellent roads for cycling.

Katsuyama is a traditional town that is dominated by authentic Edo era storefronts, houses and warehouses. The town shops are famous for the curtains that decorate their entrances.

North of Katsuyama is the hot spring town of Yubara and its signature Yubara Dam. Enjoy an outdoor bath at the base of the dam or venture into one of the local spas.

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