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Adults and Children Learn While Having Fun! 5 Must-See Spots Around Osaka’s Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

The Japan World Exposition (Osaka World Expo) was held in Japan in 1970. The area around the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, which was built over the former venue of the Osaka World Expo, is filled with a wide range of cultural facilities and leisure spots that guests can really enjoy. Here are five of the most recommended spots in this area.

1. Tower of the Sun

Symbolizing the Osaka World Expo, the Tower of the Sun rises at the center of the park until today. This tower was designed by the Japanese artist Taro Okamoto who is famous for his avant-garde works. Measuring 70m in height, this gigantic tower adopts a unique form with three faces. It ought to deliver a powerful impact to anybody who looks at it. Guests were able to enter inside the exhibition space at the time of the Osaka World Expo, but tours inside the facility is not allowed today due to ongoing renovation works (a portion of the facility is slated to be opened in March 2018).

※Guests can see the tower from outside the park gates, where they won’t be required to pay entrance fees. However, they would need to shell out the following park admission fees to get a closer look at this tower.

Admission fees (for the Japanese Garden and the Natural and Cultural Gardens): 250 JPY for adults and 70 JPY for elementary and middle school students

1. Tower of the Sun

1-1 Senri-bampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka

2. EXPO ’70 Pavilion

The EXPO ’70 Pavilion was opened in 2010 as a memorial hall and museum on one portion of the exhibit facility for the expo. With a collection of about 3,000 materials used during and about the expo that was convened under the theme “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” guests will be able to trace back the course of the expo. The Pavilion Shop inside the facility sells replicas of the Tower of the Sun and other goods related to the Osaka World Expo.

Admission fees (separate fees apply for the Natural and Cultural Gardens): 200 JPY for high school students and older guests, and free of charge for middle school students and younger guests

2. EXPO ’70 Pavilion

Senri-bampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka (Inside the Natural and Cultural Gardens)

3. National Museum of Ethnology

The National Museum of Ethnology is a museum on cultural anthropology and ethnology, and at the same time serves as a research institution. This museum showcases national cultures from all over the world, making it easier for guests to understand the relationship of the cultures of Japan and the world. In regards to the materials on display, the museum basically lets people freely touch those that their hands can reach. You can definitely call this spot a unique and globally precious facility where people can come in contact with and learn about the world.

Admission fees: 420 JPY for adults, 250 JPY for high school and college students, and free of charge for middle school students and younger guests

3. National Museum of Ethnology

10-1 Senri-bampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka

4. Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden is a garden that was built to exhibit Japan’s landscaping architecture and techniques to visitors from all over the world in conjunction with the opening of the Osaka World Expo. Divided into four areas, comprising the Heian Period, the Chusei (Medieval Ages), Kinsei (Early Modern Ages) and Gendai (Modern Times), this garden showcases the techniques used in gardening during each of those periods in history.
For instance, the Heian Period (8th – 11th centuries) area exhibits the diversity of beaches and the power of waterfalls. Meanwhile, the Medieval Ages (12th – 16th centuries) zone showcases Japan’s “wabisabi” culture (“wabisabi” is a word used to express the aesthetic sense of Japanese people, referring to simple beauty). Guests can enjoy the differences in styles between eras.

Admission fees (for the Japanese Garden and the Natural and Cultural Gardens): 250 JPY for adults and 70 JPY for elementary and middle school students

4. Japanese Garden

1-1 Senri-bampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka

5. EXPOCITY

EXPOCITY is Japan’s biggest complex facility that is just about a 2-minute walk from the Bampaku-kinenkoen Station on the Osaka Monorail. It houses a wide array of spots under the theme “Play, Learn and Discover.” On top of a shopping area, this facility is packed with many spots where children and adults alike can learn while having fun, including the Pokémon EXPO Gym where guests can enjoy attractions while talking with Pokémon, and the interactive facility NIFREL that fuses an aquarium, zoo and art museum.

5. EXPOCITY

2-1 Senri-bampakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka

Many different events are held in the neighborhood of the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park during holidays. Try to check out those events, too.

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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