The Thirteen Fingers
A dojo is a centralized location where Jinittou (Swordmasters) are trained. In Tesaki, there are currently 20 operational dojo (16 under State control, 4 independent). Due to the nature of recruitment, independently-run dojo are considered to train better Jinittou than State-run schools, mainly because they are allowed to select who they train, whereas State-run schools more or less have to take in all applicants. The most highly-regarded school is the Yanagi Dojo run by Musashi Mikoto Yanagi.
Dojo were originally started as military schools to train soldiers. As wars faded, they became disciplinary schools while continuing to train civilians in case the necessity to go to battle arose.
Dojo more cloesly resemble universities, with different focuses. Students at most dojo focus on politics, war strategies, discipline, spiritualism, and swordplay, whereas universities teach a much broader array of subjects. They also differ from military schools in that, while they maintain a uniform code of conduct and discipline, it is maintained as an honor code as opposed to a rigid list of rules and guidelines. They also differ from the temples in that they do not emphasize passivity, nor are they specific to any one religion.