You Can Only Visit This Modern Art Exhibit Every Fall in Kobe, Japan
More than 300 artists have showcased their art in this exhibit.
Rokko Meets Art 2019
Rokkosan, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (schedules may vary) starting September 13 to November 24
Ticket Fees: Adults ￥2,200; children ￥1,100
How to get there: Click here for complete access guide.
Rokko Meets Art 2019, a modern art exhibit held at Rokkosan (Mount Rokko), opens this year for its 10th anniversary. Since 2010, more than 300 artists have showcased their work throughout the years. This milestone event is the perfect opportunity for you to discover something new about Rokko and its charm.
Takuma Uematsu’s “World Tree II” is displayed at a spot where you can have a panoramic view of Kobe and Osaka.
OBI, a grand prize winner in this event’s open competition, displays “Let the flower bloom at the rubble”.
Makoto Egashira’s “Rose Garden” uses blankets formed into different shapes.
Rokko Meets Art 2019 is an art exhibit held every fall season at Mt. Rokko. This year’s event has the most number of participating artists with a total of 42 groups.
The exhibit is held at 11 different venues: Rokko Garden Terrace, Rokko Shidare Observatory, Rokkosan Country House, Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Rokko International Musical Box Museum, Rokko Cable Car and Tenran Observatory, Chapel of the Wind (Grand Hotel Rokko Skyvilla), Rokko Arima Ropeway (Rokko Sancho Station), Memorial Monument (Rokkosan Visitor Center), and at the TENRAN CAFE.
The event’s PR officer, Noguchi, says they are thankful to have welcomed 500,000 guests for the whole duration of the event. And as a culmination for their anniversary, they hope to have more guests to celebrate with them.
Tadao Ando’s “Chapel of the Wind”.
Chu Enoki’s “End Tab” is found in the Chapel of the Wind.
Furthermore, an illumination event called The Night Museum -Art Night Promenade- will also be held every day from November 1 to 24. Modern art pieces including the fall foliage is lit up among the other nighttime-only special exhibit pieces. See the beautiful transformation of the ambience in Rokkosan as the day turns to night.
“Tadanobu Asano 3634 Exhibit” displays the works of Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano as he sketches to his heart’s content.
Ryuutarou Fujie’s “Color of the Sky Umbrella” is made of climbing ropes, where you can see the blue sky while inside the umbrella-shaped installation.
Fog occurs at Rokkosan in Ohno Kouji’s “in the mist.” An installation inspired by the Brocken spectre.
This year, the event will have a Rokko Meets Art 2019 Official Tour. This tour is a new way to enjoy the exhibit that is made available every weekend and holidays. You can take a direct bus tour from Sannomiya and Shin-Kobe Station to six of the exhibit venues (Rokko Cable Car, Chapel of the Wind, Rokko Garden Terrace, Rokkosan Country House, Rokko Alpine Botanical Garden, Rokko International Musical Box Museum). On this tour, you can appreciate art with commentary from an official guide. There is also a program where you can enjoy delicious food at Rokko View Palace while basking in its magnificent view. This makes the exhibit more accessible to interested guests.
Marino Hata’s “MAHOU NO MORI/Magical forest” shows different faces depending on the day you come.
Mayumi Kuri’s “builds crowd AMAGASAKI” portrays actual shops in Amagasaki illuminated in lanterns.
Cafes and restaurants are also a must-try. Enjoy their other dishes like this candied chestnut mont blanc with season’s fruits from Granite Cafe in the Rokko Garden Terrace.
This exhibit was first mounted because the organizers wanted to attract more guests to the facilities of Rokkosan during fall as well as to create an opportunity for them to experience the beauty of art. According to Noguchi, the reason the event has reached its 10th year is because a lot of people have visited the mountain, including modern art lovers and those who became interested in art accidentally when they first came to Rokkosan. He further concludes that the main appeal of this event is that you can easily come across art wherever you go.
Lately, due to the popularity on social media, younger guests are increasing in number. “Our goal is to make Kobe famous for our modern art exhibit not only in the Kinki region but also in the whole country, and for our exhibit to attract foreign tourists as well,” Noguchi explains.
T-shirt goods (sizes 150, small, medium, large) sold at ￥2,500.
Yamamitsu Rusk with honey from Rokkosan.
Calling all art lovers! Book your trip to Japan now and drop by this famous exhibit.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (10 October 2019)