Matsushiro Samurai School

Northern Nagano Area 旧松代藩文武学校


The Matsushiro Samurai School was built in 1853 by Sanada Yukinori, the 9th leader of the Matsushiro Clan.
The Sanada family placed great importance in educating the samurai and their children, in both literary (reading, writing and arithmetic) and military (martial arts, tactics, etc.), leading to the creation of this school.
After being disbanded during the Meiji Restoration, the facilities were used as the Matsushiro Elementary School. Designated a National Historical Site in 1953, it is the only such school in the country that retains its original structures. The school is connected with Sakuma Zozan, the late Edo-era inventor and scholar.

The Matsushiro Samurai School is currently undergoing construction and will be closed until July of 2020.


Matsushiro Cultural Artifacts Office
Tel: 026-278-2308 / Fax: 026-278-6503


Close around the New Year’s Day


9:00 - 16:30


Adults : 200 yen

JHS and ES : 80 yen

Location / Access

205-1, Matsushiro, Nagano City

By Train:
30 min Matsushiro line bus from Nagano Station (Hokuriku Shinkansen) -> a 5 min. walk
By Car:
2 km / 5 min from Nagano IC

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