“in BEPPU” is an arts festival inviting one internationally active artist or artist group to Beppu for the realization and exhibition of a piece utilizing the city’s regional characteristics.
This year, we welcome the artist internationally recognized as one of the most significant in the contemporary field, Anish Kapoor. Kapoor is known for his dynamic works, such as his monument commemorating the London Olympics (2012) or his solo exhibition at the Palace of Versailles (2015). Beneath this dynamism, however, one senses a foundation of Eastern world view — of Buddhism, or of Hindu philosophy.
Kapoor’s works feature a coexistence of opposites: inside and outside, light and shadow. With their simple shapes and unique selection of materials, they broaden our horizons and deepen our reflection.
Three pieces will be exhibited in Beppu Park, which lies between the mountains and the sea. A darkness as infinite as outer space spreads forth in “void the pavilion”; an energy welling up from within the body, the land confronts us in the works that compose special exhibition “Concept of Happiness.” Finally, “Sky Mirror” will be positioned so as to figure as a connecting force: bringing the heavens down to the earth, this enormous mirror could appear, perhaps, as though a door linking the vast sweep of infinite to that which lies within us.
Groundwater heated by the magmatic activity of the Earth boils over, becomes steam and rises toward the sky, becomes rain and returns to the land — it was these special qualities of Beppu that this exhibition was designed to capture.
Art offers us the potential to make realizations; it gives us the ability to form our own opinions and indulge in free thought. We invite you, by experiencing Kapoor’s perception-shattering work, to embark on an adventure of infinite imagination.

Born in Mumbai in 1954 and lives and works in London. He studied at Hornsey College of Art (1973–77) followed by postgraduate studies at Chelsea School of Art, London (1977–78). Recent solo exhibitions Château de Versailles, France (2015); Leviathan, Grand Palais, Paris (2011); The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009). Permanent commissions include Cloud Gate (2004) for the Millennium Park in Chicago; Orbit for the London 2012 Olympic Park, and Ark Nova (2013), the world’s first inflatable, mobile concert hall, Japan. He represented Britain at the 44th Venice Biennale (1990), for which he was awarded the Premio Duemila and won the Turner Prize in 1991. He was awarded the Premium Imperiale in 2011. In 2013 he received a knighthood for services to the arts, and in 2017 was named the Genesis Prize Laureate.

Sky Mirror, 2006 / Photo: Tim Mitchell
©Anish Kapoor, 2018
Untitled, 2016 / ©Anish Kapoor, 2018
Orbit, 2012 / Queen Elizabeth Park, London
Photo: Dave Morgan / ©Anish Kapoor,2018
Leviathan, 2011 / Monumenta 2011, Grand Palais, Paris
Photo: Dave Morgan / ©Anish Kapoor,2018
Dirty Corner, 2011-2015 / Château de Versailles 2015
Photo: Tadzio / ©Anish Kapoor,2018


(tax included)
Adults and
High school students
1,200 yen 1,000 yen 5,000 yen
Elementary and
middle school students
500 yen 500 yen
Preschool students and below
Persons with disabilities
Groups of 20+ 1,100 yen 900 yen

* Tickets are valid for a single day only
* All prices include tax
* Premium Passport (valid for any number of visits during the exhibition period)
* Only “Sky Mirror” may be viewed free of charge
* Free admission for Physical Disability Certificate holders and one caregiver

Advance sale: August 6 (Mon) ― October 5 (Fri) , 2018
On sale: October 6 (Sat) ― November 25 (Sun) , 2018

Where to buy:
Information Center, Beppu Park Entrance, and ticket sale agencies.

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The events listed below will take place in Beppu Park during the exhibition period. It is expected that the park grounds and the adjoining parking lots will be crowded on these days. The impression given by the art pieces may also differ from usual, depending on the setup of booths, food stalls, and so on. We thank you for your understanding in advance.
October 13 (Sat), 14 (Sun) Oita Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Festival “Oita Minori Festa”
October 21 (Sun) Reuse Market in Beppu
November 11 (Sun) Beppu City Welfare Festival / Citizens & Fire Brigade Session


English guided tour



Beppu travel note

Packed with hand-picked information about Beppu City’s attractions, “beppu travel note” is a website built around the concept “take a stroll in Beppu and see what you find.” We’re here for you on your idyllic adventure.

Beppu Trivia

“Beppu Trivia” is a website containing trivia and tourist information concerning Beppu City. Available in 8 different languages, including Japanese, English, Chinese, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, and Tagalog.

Co-Located EVENT

The 33rd National Cultural Festival Oita 2018
The 18th National Art and Culture Festival for
Persons with Disabilities Oita

Under the theme “OITA DAICHAKAI,” this will be a cultural festival that everyone can participate in and enjoy — persons with and without disabilities, from the children to the elderly. There will be a variety of programs, encompassing traditional and contemporary art, and everything in between.
Dates: October 6 (Sat) - November 25 (Sun)
Venue: All over Oita Prefecture

Beppu Art Month 2018
Beppu Art Month is a cultural festival held in Beppu City, in which the town will be graced with a variety of culture and fine arts related programs. This 9th edition will involve roughly 120 different events.
Dates: October 6 (Sat) — November 25 (Sun)
Venue: All over Beppu City


From JR Beppu Station to Beppu Park

Driving: About 5 minutes (1km) from JR Beppu Station
Walking: About 15 minutes walk from JR Beppu Station
Bus: Take the Kamenoi Bus (line 3, 5, 6, 7, 36, 37, or 41)
Get on at JR Beppu Station West Exit
Get off at “Beppu Koen Mae” (about 5 minutes trip)

From outside Oita prefecture to JR Beppu Station

Airport: The nearest airport is Oita Airport. Please use the Airport Bus.
Flight routes: Tokyo (Haneda), Chiba (Narita), Osaka (Itami), Nagoya (Centrair)
Take the Oita Airport Express bus “AIRLINER” from Oita Airport to Beppu Station (about 50 minutes trip)

Train: The nearest station is JR Beppu Station.
Nippo Main Line
 Limited Express “Sonic” from JR Hakata Station (about 2 hours trip)
 Limited Express “Nichirin” from JR Miyazaki Airport Station (about 3 hours 15 minutes trip)
Kyudai Main Line
 Limited Express “Yufu” or “Yufuin no Mori” from JR Kurume Station (about 2 hours 40 minutes trip)

Driving: The nearest highway exit is “Beppu IC.”
From Fukuoka City / Hakata: Take the Kyushu Expressway to the Oita Expressway (about 2 hours trip)
From Kitakyushu City: Take Kitakyushu Route 1 to the Higashi-Kyushu Expressway,
then to the Oita Expressway (about 1 hour 30 minutes trip)
From Kumamoto City: Take the Kyushu Expressway to the Oita Expressway (about 2 hours 40 minutes trip)
From Miyazaki City: Take the Higashi-Kyushu Expressway to the Oita Expressway (about 3 hours trip)

Bus: Take highway / express buses to “Beppu Kitahama” or “Beppu Station”
“Toyonokuni” from Hakata Bus Terminal (about 2 hours 40 minutes trip)
“Sunlight” from Nagasaki Station (about 3 hours 30 minutes trip)
“SORIN” from the Kansai area (Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe) (about 12 hours trip)
“Pacific Liner” from Miyazaki Station (about 4 hours trip)

Alternate Bus Route: The below bus stops in Oita City. From Oita City to Beppu Station will take about 15 minutes by the JR Nippo Main Line, or about 20 minutes by car.
“Yamabiko” from Kumamoto Station (about 4 hours trip)

Ferry: The nearest port is Beppu Kokusai Kanko. From the port to Beppu Park will take about 10 minutes by car.
“Sunflower” from Osaka Nanko Cosmo Ferry Terminal (about 11 hours 50 minutes trip)

Information Center

“Anish Kapoor in BEPPU” “Beppu Art Month” “The 33rd National Cultural Festival Oita 2018 /
The 18th National Art and Culture Festival for Persons with Disabilities Oita”
Location: JR Beppu Station (12-13 Ekimaecho, Beppu)
Open: September 22 (Sat) — November 25 (Sun) 10:00 – 18:00


Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee
Suga‑kenzai Building 2F, 2‑35 Noguchimotomachi, Beppu, Oita 874-0933, Japan 〈NPO BEPPU PROJECT〉
Open Monday– Friday 9:00 – 18:00
Tel +81-977-22-3560 Fax +81‑977-75-­7012 E-mail


Open: October 6 (Sat)—November 25 (Sun), 2018 10:00–18:00 (Last Admission 17:30)
Venue: Beppu Park (3018-1, Noguchibaru Beppu Oita)

Organizer: Mixed Bathing World Executive Committee
“Concept of Happiness” curator: Takayo Iida
Installation: Yukiharu Takematsu + E.P.A
Art Direction: Yoshihisa Tanaka
Producer: Jun'ya Yamaide (NPO BEPPU PROJECT)