Kata Bunko is located about 4km south of Lake Tazawa. Takko-No-Ki(田子の木） and Osawa(大沢） areas were once dubbed as “Solitary islands on land,” because of its remote location from nearby villages. A Proposal of an elementary school was long awaited by villagers there and celebrated when finally carried out in 1882. Since then, the school had been a home to hundreds of pupils until it was closed down in 1974, due to the decrease of student population.
After its closure, the site was being used for a community center at one point; however, in recent years, the decrepit building was even suggested to be torn down.
Mr. Kazushi Sato, CEO of Tsurunoyu Onsen, had provided an endowment for the restoration; for he insisted that the building would serve as an important role in preserving cultural and historical scenery. After two years of reconstruction, Kata Bunko was finally revived with photos and school supplies collected from former students. As Mr. Sato believed, this building certainly has been a valuable memorabilia for us to remember the Showa era.
A hallway leads to a gym.
Open for any recreational activities
A classroom for 3rd and 4th graders.
Wonder if Organs are being used nowadays..
Feels so great that makes you want to stay in class!
Schools supllies collected from foremer students.
They are very fragile--- please handle with care!
Works of local elementary students
Photos of the old days..
Did they sneak comic books under desks? Nowadays they are cellphones..
200 yen for entrance fee. You can leave your domestic address here so they can send you seasonal greeting cards.
Cherry blossoms in the field
Entrance Fee: 200 yen per person (Collected for the maintenance)
Taxi 20 minutes from JR Tazawako Station.
Address 〒014-1203 秋田県仙北市田沢湖潟字一の渡２２６
226 Ichi-no-watari, Tazawako, Semboku-shi, Akita, 014-1203