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Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro Park, GIFU

The best way to get a handle on how a person is situated in the world is actually to construct one, a handle expressly made for the purpose.

-Arakawa and Madeline Gins, “Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny


Arakawa and Gins’ Elliptical Field, Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro presents itself to the visitor as a carefully considered construction of undulating planes, shifting colors, and disorienting spaces, thus providing a place of purposeful experimentation.


Nine structures referred to as “Architectural Fragments” are set in the terrain of the Elliptical Field and are identified by names such as “Geographical Ghost” and “Exactitude Ridge”. The Critical Resemblances House is a large structure set apart from the Elliptical Field and comes with its own Directions for Use that are designed to maximize certain aspects of the visitor’s experience.


The conceptual underpinning of the project can be found in the 2005 essay “Architecture: Sites of Reversible Destiny,” in which Arakawa and Gins propose that “juggling, jumbling, and reshuffling the body with its fund of landing sites introduces a person to the process that constitutes being a person. To reverse destiny one must first re-enter destiny, re-positioning oneself within the destiny of being slated to live without ever knowing how and why.


The re-entering of destiny must be highly calculated. The world and everything in it will have to be transformed into a site of reversible destiny.”

Located in Yoro, Gifu Prefecture,Japan.

Completed in 1996


Site of Reversible Destiny-Yoro Park, GIFU

1298-2 Takabayashi, Yoro-cho, Yoro-gun, Gifu 503-1267



9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (Entrance closes at 4:30p.m.)



Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday, in which case the park is closed the following day)

Year-end & New Year season (29th December-3rd January)

*Note that the Site of Reversible Destiny may close at unscheduled times due to inclement weather.


[Admission Fee]

Adults: ¥770 (¥530)

High school students: ¥510 (¥380)

Junior high school and elementary school students: ¥310 (¥210)

(shows the rate for a group of more than 20 people.)



JR Tokaido Line:

Change at "Ogaki" to Kintetsu Yoro Line, get off at "Yoro" and walk for 10 minutes.


Yoro Railway Yoro Line:

Get off at "Yoro" and walk for 10 minutes.



About 20 minutes from Ogaki I.C.

About 25 minutes from Sekigahara I.C.