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Tokiwa Park Sculpture Journey

Immerse in Artistic Splendor and Ube's Coal Legacy

  • 3 hours
  • 9,000JPY/ person
  • Tokiwa Park, Ube

Service Description

Tokiwa Park in Ube, the equivalent of New York's Central Park, beckons art-loving travelers with its reputation as a magnificent open-air sculpture museum. This renowned park proudly hosts the UBE Biennale International Sculpture Competition, an illustrious event that has evolved into the world's oldest outdoor sculpture festival, captivating audiences for over six decades. Year after year, entries from both Japan and around the globe grace this festival, showcasing the exceptional talent of sculptors worldwide. As you venture through the park's picturesque surroundings, you will encounter approximately 100 sculptural artworks, including notable past winners, displayed for all to admire. What makes this experience truly exceptional is that these sculptures are all touchable, with some even allowing you to climb aboard, fostering a unique interactive encounter with the art (Please note that there are sculptures that are not meant to be touched). The park itself holds its own intrigue, but with the accompaniment of our experienced guide, the journey becomes an entirely transformative experience. During our sculpture walk, we will also make a brief stop at a coal museum, a testament to the coal industry that brought prosperity to Ube City. Prepare to be captivated by the fascinating narrative of how these seemingly ordinary black rocks, once ablaze with fire, transformed Ube into an art city, leaving an indelible impression on your journey.

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