Japan currently has about 3,000 schools which are abolished. The number continues increasing due to the falling birth rate as well as the effects of the rural exodus. However a positive news has arrived that about 70% of 400 to 500 abolished elementary and junior high schools per year have been reborn. The new usages of them are ranged from a welfare institution to a museum. Many of them have also hands-on exhibitions and are amusing for adults too. For instance, “Kuma-no-Ki” in Tochigi prefecture has accommodation facility and its attraction is celestial dome where you can enjoy the night sky. It is easily accessible from Tokyo by car.
Some others offer bread baking or soba noodle making. “Huddle” in Kyoto and many other old schools, for instance, have their gallery where you enjoy art works of various artists.
It would be a great experience to visit a revived old school which offers so many activities and has a pleasantly nostalgic and unique atmosphere with its wooden structure for many of us.
Source: web R25
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