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Kokugakuin University
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Kokugakuin University (Japanese: 國學院大學), abbreviated as 國學大 (Kokugakudai) or 國大 (Kokudai) is a Shinto-affilated private research university in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan. The predecessor institution was founded in 1882 as institution of classical and religious learning. Prince Arisugawa Takahito served as the institution's inaugural head. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and is known for Japanese and Chinese literature, Japanese history, and Shinto studies.[1]


The university's predecessor was Kōten Kōkyūsho (皇典講究所), that was established in 1882 as an institution for the study and dissemination of Japanese classics and training of Shinto priesthood, based on the State Shinto. In 1890 it was expanded into the Kokugakuin (國學院, lit. Academy of National Studies) that offered courses in literature, history, and Japanese law. It acquired the status of university in 1906.[2][3][4] In 1918, it expanded with the addition of preparatory, teacher-training, and research divisions, and in 1927, an affiliated Shinto division was added. [3][4]

The university moved to its present location in Shibuya in 1923, but the original Shibuya campus was destroyed during the Great Kanto Earthquake in September that year. In 1930, the on-campus Shinto shrine was constructed, which stands to this day.

After the end of the Second World War, the Kōten Kōkyūsho was dissolved in 1946, and the university itself was reorganised in 1948 with the single Faculty of Letters, with courses in Shinto, History, Literature, and Philosophy. [3][4] University-affiliated Kokugakuin High School was established the same year. In 1950, the Faculty of Political Science and Economics was established, which was reorganised into the Faculty of Economics in 1966. In 1982 Kokugakuin Women's Junior College Division was established (currently Kokugakuin Hokkaido Junior College Division).

Education and research

Undergraduate Faculties and Departments

Kokugakuin University's Faculty of Shinto Studies is one of two universities, the other being Kogakkan University, that provides courses to obtain kannushi (Shinto priest) qualifications.

Graduate Schools

Junior College Division (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

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There are also facilities in Sagamihara and other areas.

Shibuya campus, Higashi, Tokyo

Higashi, Shibuya campus

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

Closest station is Shibuya station on the Yamanote line.
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

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)

Closest station is Tama-Plaza Station on the Tōkyū 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


  1. ^ "Overview of Kokugakuin University | KOKUGAKUIN UNIVERSITY". Archived from the original on 2016-03-25. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  2. ^ Sadafumi Fuji, "Kouten Koukyuusho" in Kokushi Daijiten
  3. ^ a b c Sadafumi Fuji, "Kokugakuin Daigaku" in Kokushi Daijiten
  4. ^ a b c "History of Kokugakuin University". 國學院大學. Retrieved 2023-12-12.
  5. ^ "浅野 真澄 | 株式会社青二プロダクション". August 5, 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-08-05.

Official website

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