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Nojima Scuola is a complex facility that was resurrected through the renovation of an elementary school that has been closed due to a low birthrate and aging population.

Visitors can enjoy meals at cafes employing Italian cuisine and fresh Awaji Island veggies while shopping at bakeries and the Awaji Island Marche, as well as several other experiences.

It is a popular feature on Awaji Island that groups can enjoy, with numerous examples of its widespread use, including educational excursions.

Enjoy group activities at a former elementary school.

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Nojima Scuola is a complex facility renovated from a former elementary school

Nojima Scuola, located on Awaji Island's West Coast, is a complex facility that was erected in 2012 to replace the previous Nojima Elementary School, which had closed owing to a decrease in student enrollment caused by a low birthrate and an elderly population.

Located on the west coast of Awaji Island, it is a well-liked tourist attraction that attracts lots of visitors annually and acts as a symbolic foundation for the community.

The appeal is that you may enjoy a variety of activities, including a beautiful Italian restaurant, a bakery where you can experience sixth industrialization and a market with fresh veggies from Awaji Island.

Interestingly, the meaning of "scuola" in Nojima Scuola signifies elementary school in Italian.

▼This is a picture of the new formation of the former school "Nojima Scuola"


Group Fun

Italian course on local production for local consumption

 Scoula is a genuine Italian restaurant where masters of local production for local consumption vividly portray the elements of Awaji Island.

Under the supervision of Chef Masayuki Okuda, a master of local consumption who was chosen as one of the world's 1,000 chefs, you can enjoy authentic Italian cuisine prepared with Awaji island vegetables, seafood, Awaji beef, and others.

The chef personally picks ingredients from Awaji Island, which is a treasure trove of delicacies, and uses them to create dishes that not only taste wonderful but also look beautiful and make you feel extra special.

▼The light-filled space was previously a teacher's office.


Introduction to the Group Menu

Presenting the extremely popular group menus. You can also benefit from the exclusive group rate.

A limited-time offer only for spring is now available.

Italian restaurant Scuola (Flower Course)

  • Pasta with Roasted Kobe Pork, 120g,
  • Flower Island garden salad
  • Dolce
  • Coffee or Tea

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The information and photographs are merely for illustrative purposes.

Cost: 3,500 yen (tax included) with the option of a culinary upgrade

Time Frame: Friday, March 1, 2024, to Friday, May 31, 2024

Exclude: Wednesdays only, May 3–6, 2024

Number of participants: 10–40, 

If there are more than 40, please contact us.



Group courses

  • Flower Island Garden Salad
  • Amatriciana Pasta
  • Kobe pork Roast,120g
  • Panacotta
  • Tea or coffee

People in number: 10 to 40.

Price: 2,970 yen with tax

▼In a casual setting, you can enjoy attractive and colorful course meals.

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Group Course B

  • Flower Island Garden Salad
  • Awaji Bolognese Beef
  • Roasted onions with Awaji beef bistecca
  • Dolce
  • Tea or coffee

People in attendance: 10 to 60

Cost: 4,950 yen with tax.

▼The elegant dish is made with a lot of Awaji steak and Awaji beef, the best ingredients from Awaji Island.

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Exclusively for Students: Awajishima Curry

  • Curry Salad from Awaji Island

People in attendance: 10 to 40

Cost: 1,650 yen with tax.

We can host up to 300 guests at several locations because other facilities  also offer student-only menus

▼Curry recipes designed specifically for educational tours, making use of Awaji Island onions and other species


View the student menu offered by Scuola on Awaji Island's west shore by clicking this link (Japanese)


Awaji Island offers a variety of experiences that are suitable for casual enjoyment.

To optimize the Scuola experience for groups, we also provide several experience programs that can be coupled with meals.

Visitors will enjoy observing Scuola's efforts to build a model for the sixth industrialization of agriculture.

Experience Making onion Bread

Local favorite Nojima Bakery is well-known for its onion bread.

It takes a little more than an hour from molding to fermentation to baking, and this experience is exclusive to Awaji Island, which is well-known for its onions.

The onion bread you created is a souvenir that you can take home.

People in attendance: 10 to 40

Fee: 3,250 yen with tax (lunch included) 

▼You'll smile just from the experience of socializing with people.



An Encounter with Animals

Families with young children particularly like visiting the Nojima Zoo, where they may engage with little animals at Nojima Scuola.

It is advisable to take into account the opportunity to pet animals during family vacations. In addition, you can obtain distinct experiences and meals at the same places. Also, At Nojima Zoo you can get a chance to meet a cute animal, including the popular alpaca, and Raal who has been featured on TV.

Number of people: 10–40

Price: 2,100 yen (including tax and dinner)

▼You may feed alpacas and other adorable small animals.

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Awaji Island March, with uncountable treasures.

Awaji Island Marche, which serves freshly selected veggies from Awaji Island's farmlands, is a popular destination for groups.

In addition to veggies, such as all-you-can-eat Awaji Island onions, consumers can shop for dressings and seasonings, as well as local beer and ancient sake.

▼Just glancing at the Marche is thrilling, and it becomes busy every day


If you don't have time for a stopover,

Group souvenir set plans are recommended for folks with limited time.

This plan is a set package that includes all of the attractions on Awaji Island at a lower cost than usual.

This plan is great for individuals who don't have time to shop for souvenirs or who want to reward incentive trip participants with a present.


Explore the tour to learn about the effective implementation of closed schools and agriculture's sixth industrialization.

Nojima Scuola is more than just a tourist attraction; it is also a model for community rejuvenation that addresses social challenges such as declining birthrates and an aging population.

The Nojima district was especially critical of Awaji Island, which is said to be a microcosm of Japan, with a dropping birthrate, an aging population, and a rapidly shrinking population.

Nojima Elementary School was closed in 2010 due to a decline in student enrollment, but since the opening of Nojima Scola in 2012 as a tourist facility using the closed school, it has become a popular destination for visitors from outside the island as well as a symbol of the community for residents.

In this context, local governments and regional development businesses from across Japan visit the site.

The study tour itinerary includes an introduction to Nojima Scola initiatives for local development with an attendant.

▼Nojima Scuola's legacy lives on within its facilities.

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Study Tour Plan: Seminar on Local Development, Meals + Facility Visit

This plan enables participants to learn about and experience Pasona Group's distinctive regional development projects on Awaji Island through seminars and facility visits.

We have received positive feedback from numerous corporate and municipal inspection trips.

Among facility inspections, Nojima Scuola, a common site visit, is in high demand as a successful case study of repurposing an abandoned school.

Number of people: 10 to 100

Price: 8,000 yen plus tax and above (meals included)

▼Numerous abandoned schools in Japan are not being used, and there is a need for suggestions on how to repurpose them.


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When traveling by large bus from Honshu (Osaka, Kobe, etc.), it takes around 15 minutes from the nearest Awaji IC to Scuola.

Large buses can park in the lot directly in front of the Nojima Scuola facility. Parking for multiple large buses is also possible.


Please enter through Nojima Scuola's main entrance.

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The Nojima Scuola structure is a three-story building, and visitors must use the stairs to navigate the facilities.




Downloading Materials, Requesting Information, and Inquiries

You can get fundamental facility documents, pamphlets, and layouts that summarise Nojima Scuola in an understandable style as data.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our facilities or events, or to make a preliminary reservation.


If you prefer to contact us by phone, please call

Pasona Group, Inc.

Tourism Sales Project Group, Business


Open hours are 9:30 to 18:00 on weekdays.


Enjoy food, experiences, and shopping at Awaji Island's West Coast locations.

There are numerous recommended locations near Nojima Scola for group meals, adventures, shopping, and so on.

You can spend the entire day on Awaji Island's West Coast, and we will create a customized plan to match your preferences.

Group meals and group discounts for experiences are also available; please contact us beforehand for further details.

To see the facility's website, click on the photo.