Kokugakuin University

Kokugakuin University
國學院大學 (Kokugakuin Daigaku)
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Kokugakuin University (國學院大學; Kokugakuin Daigaku, abbreviated as 國學大 Kokugakudai or 國大 Kokudai) is a private university, whose main office is in Tokyo's Shibuya district. The academic program and research of Shinto study, Japanese history, Japanese and Chinese literature and cultural study are highly evaluated in and out of Japan[citation needed] as well as the study of economics, jurisprudence and pedagogy. It was established in 1882.[1]


From its beginnings as the Office of Japanese Classics Research (an organization created in 1882 to seek deeper meaning in Shinto after controversies over certain deities), Kokugakuin University was one of the first universities in Japan to gain legal approval to be recognized as such under the university system (which preceded the Imperial university system, but was repealed in 1947).

The Office of Japanese Classics Research, founded in 1882, in 1890 established a method of teaching the subject of kokugaku called Kokugakuin. In 1920, it rose to the status of a university under the old university system, and after World War II it became a university under Japan's current university system in 1948.


Education and research[]

At Kokugakuin, one can take a course to obtain the qualifications to become a kannushi (Shinto priest). A course where one can get these qualifications exists only at Kokugakuin University and Kogakkan University.


Graduate programs[]

Professional graduate program[]

Special programs[]

Special courses[]

Junior college (two-year programs)[]

Affiliated facilities[]

People and organizations related to Kokugakuin[]

People and organizations[]

Alumni, professors, and others related to the school are known as In'yū (院友, In'yū). There is a graduate's association called the In'yū Association, and a meeting hall called the In'yū Hall at the Shibuya campus. Most Shinto priests at shrines across Japan are In'yū.

List of people associated with Kokugakuin[]


Higashi, Shibuya campus


There are also facilities in Sagamihara and other areas.

Shibuya campus, Higashi, Tokyo[]

Higashi 4-10-28, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to (東京都渋谷区東四丁目10番28号)

All law and Shinto studies students, as well as 3rd and 4th year literature and economics students populate the Shibuya campus.
Closest station is Shibuya station on the Yamanote line.
The first phase of a redevelopment project finished in 2008 with the completion of the Wakagi Tower (若木タワー, Wakagi Tawā). Further redevelopment is being undertaken around the campus.
The Kokugakuin University Museum is on the Shibuya campus. This museum houses an extensive collection of historical and archeological artifacts as well as special exhibits.

Tama Plaza campus[]

Shin-Ishikawa 3-22-1, Aoba-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa-ken (神奈川県横浜市青葉区新石川三丁目22番地1)

1st and 2nd year literature and economics students, as well as 1st year law and Shinto studies students who are general education courses.
Closest station is Tama Plaza station on the Tokyu Den-en Toshi line.
Has a baseball diamond, sports ground, and tennis courts.

Agreements with other universities[]

Sister Schools[]

Nihon University: This agreement came about when Nihon University's predecessor organization, Nihon Law School, was founded during one night at the Office of Japanese Classics Research. After that, when Kokugakuin's president would change, or when Nihon University's president or board chairman would change, they would go to the partner school to give their greetings. Finally, both parties agreed to begin a sister relationship.

Related schools[]

The educational institutions in Tochigi Prefecture listed below operate independently of Kokugakuin University, and exist under a separate incorporated legal entity.

Affiliated schools[]


Official website[]

Coordinates: 35°39′20.3″N 139°42′41.9″E / 35.655639°N 139.711639°E / 35.655639; 139.711639