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Yoro Park: The Site of Reversible Destiny
Yoro Park: The Site of Reversible Destiny is a conceptual art garden spread across a large area. This is one of artworks of the world famous, national and international prize-winning artist Shusaku Arakawa and his partner. In fact, it took them 30 years to conceptualize and create this park. Their artworks are like a playground where you can enjoy experiencing art through your body. There are pieces that will make you lose your sense of balance and perspective. Since you will move a lot in this garden, you can rent a helmet and running shoes at the reception. Why don't you enjoy the wonderful work of Arakawa as you interact with it?
- Inside Yoro Park, 1298-2 Takabayashi, Yoro-cho, Yoro-gun, Gifu
- Contact No.
- 10-min walk from Yoro Station on Yoro Railway
- Opening Hours / Holidays
Closed: Monday (If it's a holiday, it is closed on the next day), bad weather conditions
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours - half day
- Other Information
- * Wear comfortable clothes because there are many uneven areas inside the park
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The Site of Reversible Destiny Yoro Museum
The Site of Reversible Destiny Yoro Museum is surrounded by colorful walls with 24 colors on the outside. While the colors are reflected inside the building, the natural light creates a strange atmosphere in the maze-like internal structure of the building. Here, you can observe many drawings or CG works of Araki in the gallery.
Critical Resemblance House
Critical Resemblance House looks like a strange building with the roof shaped as Gifu Prefecture. As you enter, you will see a couch and a bed passing through the wall. If you look up at the ceiling, you can see a reversed identical world! You will experience a strange feeling of not knowing where you are exactly.
Insect Mountain Range
Insect Mountain Range is made by piles of big rocks. On top of the mountain, there is a well with a pump. You interact with the art as you climb the rocks and thereby becoming a part of the art. If you look at this work, people climbing the rocks look like insects climbing to reach water. Quite amusing, isn't it?
Great view spot overlooking the entire park
In addition to experiencing the art works, there is a spot where you can also enjoy the beautiful view of the oval field with eight artworks. In fact, you can climb up the wall surrounding the field and overlook over the entire park. Since the walls are very steep, please be careful when you go up.
Destiny House is a structure with short walls. Some parts have transparent floor through which you can see parts of a living space like a kitchen. This piece will make you rethink about your normal everyday life as it gives your daily spaces an abnormal twist. You are expected to contemplate on your life and spaces while sitting on the short walls!
Geographical Ghost has a slightly scary yellow entrance. As you enter through a narrow gate, you will find yourself in a dark space. As you try to go forward using only your senses, you arrive in a bright room. If you look up from there, you will see the shape of the archipelago of Japan. If you can go through this piece easily, you are ready for a more difficult, but similar type of piece called Cleaving Hall.