Students of this private school would lead the modernization and industrialization of Japan
The Shokasonjuku Academy consists of a small one-story raftered and thatched house of 50㎡. It is divided into a lecture room of 13.2㎡, a waiting room of 16.5㎡ and a ground floor of 3.3㎡.
Yoshida Shōin gave lectures here for one year. Students were accepted regardless of their social standing. They include Kusaka Genzui, Takasugi Shinsaku, Itō Hirobumi, Yamagata Aritomo, Yamada Akiyoshi and Shinagawa Yajirō, who later would to bring about the Meiji Restoration. This building has been listed on the National Register of Historical Sites.
Due to the impact that Shoin’s studentswould haveon the course of Japanese history during the Meiji period(1868–1912), this area was inscribed as one of the “Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution”on the UNESCO World Heritage List.