Shizutani Gakko

Western Honshū

The first public school in Japan, Edo-era Shizutani Gakko has wood interiors with glossy lacquered floors and beautifully preserved Bizen-yaki roof tiles. Its gardens are especially picturesque in spring. The school is about 3.2km southeast from Yoshinaga station, 40 minutes by train from Okayama (¥580). Buses from Yoshinaga are infrequent, but it's walkable in 45 to 55 minutes; ask at the station for directions.