Kokugakuin University

Kokugakuin University
國學院大學 (Kokugakuin Daigaku)
Type Private
Established 1882
Location Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Website www.kokugakuin.ac.jp

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 located 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 both in and out of Japan as well as the study of economics, jurisprudence and pedagogy. It was established in 1882.[1]


The university as a whole

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approval to be recognized as such under the university system (which preceded the Imperial university system, but was repealed in 1947).

Education and research

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


In brief

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.


Basic Information


Education and Research


Graduate programs

Professional Graduate Programs

Special Programs

Special Courses

Junior College (2 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 also a graduate's association called the In'yū Association, and a meeting hall called the In'yū Hall at the Shibuya campus. Furthermore, most Shinto priests at shrines across Japan are In'yū.

List of people associated with Kokugakuin


Higashi, Shibuya campus


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 redevolpment is currently being undertaken around the campus.
The Kokugakuin University Museum is also located on the Shibuya campus. This museum houses an extensive collection of historical and archeological artifacts as well as special exhibits.
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.

External Relations

Agreements with other universities

Sister Schools

Related Schools

The educational institutions located in Tochigi Prefecture written below are currently operating 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


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