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Yoshida dormitory, Kyoto University

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Phone  +81 75-753-2537
Yoshida dormitory, Kyoto University
Address  69 Yoshidakonoecho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 606-8315, Japan
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The Yoshida Dormitory (吉田寮, Yoshidaryō) is a student dormitory on the Yoshida Campus of Kyoto University. Built in 1913, it is the oldest student dormitory in Japan and remains in active use; its associated dining hall, built in 1889, is the oldest structure on any Kyoto University campus.



The community agreed to create the dormitory with the student body taking administrative responsibility. The high student activism continued up until it met conflict with university authorities in 1971.

In June 2009, Kyoto University authorities proposed a plan for the partial demolition of the old dormitory to increase on-campus living capacity. The proposal was controversial. In October 2009, an informal debate was held between university authorities and the community, leading to the demise or the proposal.

Yoshida Dormitory Festival

The Yoshida Dormitory Festival is one of the largest of the many events at Kyoto University. It is held in May every year and is open to external participants. Among its events are the Kamogawa Race, in which participants run from Sanzyō Big Bridge to Demachiyanagi via Kamo River, preceded by a costume party and river swim.


The Yoshida dormitory consists of 120 Japanese-style rooms and has a kitchen, showers, bathrooms, laundry rooms, common rooms, and a vegetable garden.


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