Trip to Izushi (2): History and Academy Walk

Leaving the shrine, I walked on a pathway at the foot of Mt. Ariko. I found some historic sites. The first one I found was the site of a clan school, Kodokan, established in 1775.


Across from it, I found the birthplace of Tsutomu Sakurai (1843-1931), who was a government official and started weather forcasting.


Past a temple called Kyooji Temple, I crossed the bridge. I saw a heron in the brook.


Take a closer look! It’s beautiful!


Then I went to the birthplace of Hiroyuki Kato (1836-1916). He was one of the first Japanese who went to Europe to study. He studied German language and philosophy. He introduced Western ideas to Japan and contributed to establishing the university system in Japan.



The pathway, History and Academy Walk, was very inspiring. I was inspired and motivated to work hard when I thought about those passionate and diligent people.

After leaving the pathway and walking for a while, I found a beautiful building, Izushi Meijikan. The pseudo-Western style building was built as the county hall in 1887. Now it is used as a museum. Unfortunately, it was closed on that day. I hope to go back.


One of the most impressive places in Izushi was Sukyoji Temple (or Takuan Temple). It was restored in 1616 by a Zen priest Takuan Soho, who was born in Izushi. The crane-and-tortoise garden and the pond were created by him. They were stunning. I loved the gardens in the temple. They must be beautiful in other seasons, too. I definitely want to go back!

Photography was not allowed in the internal gardens, so I have only two pictures to show you. The internal gardens are even more beautiful. They are worth visiting!

South Garden
Bell tower

(To be continued…)