Sunday, May 23, 2010

Oldest Wooden School in Japan?


Following an email conversation about old schools in Japan I dug out this photo.

Its the Fukiya Elementary School in northern Okayama Prefecture, and it is believed to be the oldest wooden school in japan that is still being used.

Construction began in 1900 and was completed in 1909.

One hundred years later the school had the grand total of 6 students enrolled.


  1. What's remarkable about this (and the previous post) is that they haven't torn down these schools long ago and built a new concrete one even for the 9 pupils. Not so uncommon after all. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. There are lots of empty, abandoned schools in the Japanese countryside as the population has fled to the big cities...