There is an area in Niigata that is so underrated that schools have closed down and the area has become quite desolate.  In 2000 it was decided to make this part of Niigata an art area.  There are lots of things to do here and every 3 years there is a huge exhibition in the area.  Schools have been made into small hotels and I imagine the experience would be amazing.

www.echigo-tsumari.jp/eng/

Here is a photo of a possible library.

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