Ritsumeikan Univeristy

The Ritsumeikan Academy is one of the private comprehensive educational institutions in Japan with rich history and tradition, and we celebrated the 130th anniversary of the founding of the Ritsumeikan private school and the 100th year of the establishment of the Academy in 2000. The Academy has now become a comprehensive educational institution with two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools and one primary school.

The history of Ritsumeikan dates back to 1869 when Prince Kinmochi Saionji, an eminent international statesman of modern Japan, founded “Ritsumeikan” as a private academy on the site of the Kyoto Imperial Palace. In 1900, Kojuro Nakagawa, former secretary of Prince Saionji, established Kyoto School of Law and Politics, an evening law school that was open to working people. This school formally adopted the name Ritsumeikan in 1913 and was finally given the status of a university in 1922.


Shiga: Biwako-Kusatsu Campus

A world-class campus for both Humanities and Sciences

Address: 1-1-1 Noji-higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577 JAPAN


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  • *Trains leave from platform 2.
  • However, as a limited number of trains take a different train line (Kosei line), please be careful that your train does NOT go to Otsukyo station.
  • Your train should proceed: Kyoto - Yamashina - Otsu ~ ~ ~ Minami Kusatsu.