Murou Art Forest is a collection of art installations in Murou Village, Uda City. The area was originally flattened for landslide prevention, and then Murou sculptor Inoue Fukichi suggested the area should be made into an art park in order to combat depopulation of the village. The installations were designed by Israeli artist Dani Karavan (born 1930), yet they have a distinctly “Japanese” feeling, a feeling of harmony with human creation and nature. Park planning began in 1998, and it finally opened on March 31st, 2006. The park is approximately 700 meters long and includes several installations. After experiencing the installations, guests may return to the entrance via a forested trail. The Visitor’s Center has tables, and picnics are also allowed. Children younger than high school students may enter for free, making this a kid-friendly destination. Please note that there is no food available on-site, but you are welcome to bring your own.
From Kintetsu Murouguchi-Ono (室生口大野) Station, there is a hiking trail which takes about 2 hours to complete.
Take the bus from Murouguchi-Ono (室生口大野) station to Murouji (室生寺); the park is a 25-minute walk from the bus stop.
* Indicates weekends and holidays only. 430 Yen one-way
|From Station to Murou||From Murou to Station|
|8:20 *||8:50 *|
Exit at Hari (針) I.C. or Ogura (小倉) I.C. of Meihan National Highway and drive 13 – 15km. Free parking is available.
Admission is 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for high school students, and free for all those younger than high school students.
Closed on Tuesdays. If a national holiday falls on Tuesday, the subsequent Wednesday is treated as a closing day.
|April to October||10:00 - 17:00|
|March, November and December||10:00 - 16:00|
|December 29 -|
If you’re visiting the Murou Art Forest, you may also want to consider nearby Murouji and Ryuketsu Shrine.