Kanagawa Closed School Site Becomes New Camping Site ‘CAMPiece’

21.May.2021 | BUSINESS / SPOT

UNDOKAIYA has turned Kyukitaashigarachu School into the new camping site CAMPiece which opened this month. The school, located in Minamiashigara, Kanagawa, closed in March 2010. UNDOKAIYA was the first in the priority list to acquire the rights to take over the site.

 

Photo of CAMPiece

Overhead view

 

Minamiashigara is known as the home town of Kintaro, a figure in Japanese folklore. It’s also home to many historical spots, such as Daiyuzan Saijoji Temple, as well as tourist sites and facilities. CAMPiece aims to serve as an opportunity for people visiting Minamiashigara to enjoy its lush natural environment, to converse with the locals, help revitalise the regional economy, increase tourism, and increase job opportunities.

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    Claude Monet, Wisteria, 1919-1920
    Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris ©Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images 原画:アンリ・マティス 

    Henri Matisse, The Lute, 1947-1949, Pola Museum of Art
    Mobilier national, Paris © Mobilier national / Isabelle Bideau

     

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    Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métro-Pole
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    Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambrésis
    Photo Musée départemental Matisse, Philip Bernard

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