The Remains of Ukedo Elementary School in Namie Town

The Remains of Ukedo Elementary School in Namie Town

The Remains of Ukedo Elementary School in Namie Town (震災遺構浪江町立請戸小学校) are located in the coastal area of Fukushima prefecture.

Ukedo Elementary School, located 300 meters from the sea, was having classes when the earthquake struck at 2:46 p. m. on March 11, 2011. 

A few minutes later, a tsunami warning was issued for Ukedo. The school staff urged students to evacuate immediately to nearby Mount Ohirayama, approximately 1.5 km from the school. 

When the tsunami hit about 40 minutes after the earthquake, all of the students and staff had evacuated safely.

The school building suffered great damage from the earthquake and the tsunami, as did most of Namie town, which shortly after became under evacuation order due to the nuclear disaster (the evacuation order for some areas in Namie Town was lifted on March 31, 2017).

In 2021, the remnants of the Ukedo Elementary School building opened to the public. The facilities remain largely untouched, with debris, broken floors and ceilings, smashed objects, collapsed furniture and other school items. Visitors can see the extent of the destruction caused by the earthquake and tsunami and learn about the importance of disaster preparedness.

At the entrance, you can scan a QR code using your phone to access the English translation of each explanation panel as you proceed through the school grounds.

Venue Details

Venue Details


Best SeasonAll Year
Opening Hours

9:30 a. m. - 4:30 p.m. Last entry at 4:00 p.m.

Closed: Tuesdays (or the following day if the Tuesday falls on a public holiday) and year-end holidays (December 28-January 4).

Entrance Fee General Admission: 300 yen. High school students: 200 yen. Elementary and Middle School Students: 100 yen. Discounts are available for groups of over 20 people (previous reservation through the website is required for group visits of more than 20 people).
Access Details
AccessMotsutaira-56, Ukedo, Namie Town, Futaba District, Fukushima Pref. 979-1522
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Getting there

By Car: About 25 min. from the Joban Expressway Namie IC

By Train: About 15 min. by taxi from Namie Station (JR Joban Line). Please note, though, that there are no taxis lined up at the station, so please be sure to make your travel arrangements in advance.

Useful Links

Fukushima’s ‘Miracle’: A Visitor’s Guide to Ukedo Elementary School

Related trips

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    Fukushima’s Revitalization Educational One-Day Trip

    This is a model itinerary for visitors who would like to learn about Fukushima’s revitalization. The coastal area of Fukushima is the only place in the world to have survived a triple disaster: an earthquake, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster. Following extensive decontamination efforts and a great deal of demolition and reconstruction, several areas that were once designated as ‘difficult to return’ have started welcoming both residents and visitors again, with many residents eager to share their stories with the world. This itinerary centers on the towns of Futaba and Namie, both of which were severely affected by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in 2011.  The first stop is Futaba station and the surrounding Futaba Art District, a mural art initiative that pays homage to the residents and folk art of the town. From there, you’ll visit the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Memorial Museum, which has a detailed account of the area before, during, and after the disaster. At the museum, you’ll learn about the stories and testimonies of locals, as well as the plans and ideas for the future of Fukushima. The last stop is the remains of the Ukedo Elementary School in Namie town. Although the school building, located only 300 meters from the sea, sustained great damage from the tsunami, students, teachers and staff were able to evacuate from the school safely, for which it is known as a ‘miracle’ school.  This is a one-day itinerary, but we recommend staying somewhere in the coastal area of Fukushima after your visit.  


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