【Osaka Tourism】Play All Day at the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park with the Photogenic Tower of the Sun!

Expo '70 Commemorative Park, which was built on the site of Japan World Exposition 1970*, is an iconic Osaka park famous for the Tower of the Sun. The park, centered around the Tower of the Sun, is a place you can spend a whole day in enjoying nature and playing on large playground equipment. It is full of attractive spots, such as the mid-air walking path, Sorado, that goes through a forest. <The information is reprinted from Bampaku Koen Walker (issued November 28, 2015)> *Japan World Exposition 1970, commonly known as Osaka Expo, was Asia's first World Exposition and was held for approximately half a year from March 15, 1970 to September 13, 1970. Seventy-six countries and four international organizations participated in the expo that was held under the theme of Progress and Harmony for Mankind and filled 116 pavilions.

The Tower of the Sun, designed by the artist, Taro Okamoto, is the park's symbol. It is the most popular place to take pictures in the park.

Play in the Playground with Large and Fun Equipment!

The park is a treasure trove of interesting playground equipment, from those that are exciting to ride, to those appropriate for small children. There is also an area with bicycles that parents and children can ride together on, so adults can have as much fun as the children.

The Sorado aerial promenade is approximately 300m and enables you to take a walk mid-air above a forest.

The view from the 19m-high Sorado observatory tower includes not just the forest, but a panorama of the entire park.

The Expo Omoshiro Bicycle Park (400 JPY/30 minutes) has a selection of approximately 100 fun bicycles of 40 types to ride on

The huge playground facility, Yattane-no-ki. The long slide that starts from a red acorn dome is thrilling to slide down.

The Secret Behind the Symbol of Osaka Expo, Tower of the Sun

The Tower of the Sun by Taro Okamoto was not only the expo's symbol, but was also the center of a themed pavilion that included the Tower of Mother. The Golden Mask at the top represents the future; the Face of the Sun in the front, the present; and the Black Sun at the back, the past. The tower, which depicts the energy of all things that persist through time, made a powerful impact on visitors. It is not widely known that there was a fourth face beneath the ground, the Sun of the Underworld, which remains lost since the end of the Expo to this day.

After the expo closed, it was kept in the same place as a symbol. Its presence remains just as powerful 45 years later.

The Tower of the Sun had an interior that was just as impressive. People were awed by the Tree of Life, which depicted the evolution of being from the time protists were created, to the birth of humankind.

Expo '70 Commemorative Park

Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

Unique Tower of Sun Goods Too!

The ROKI STORE, which sells official Taro Okamoto products, has a variety of Tower of the Sun goods.

Tower of the Sun Figurine (1,620 JPY). There is also a huge figurine, the 1/144 Size (14,980 JPY).

Expo '70 Commemorative Park ROKI STORE

Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

Valuable Material from the Time - All in One Place!

If you want to experience the excitement of the time, go to the Expo '70 Pavilion within Expo '70 Commemorative Park. It is a reconstruction of the Steel Pavilion and includes the Space Theater Hall, which was then a state-of-the-art music hall, as well as valuable footage and models, through which you can re-experience the appeal of the expo. There are approximately 3,000 important materials, including some that were not made public before. Be sure to look at the colorful staff uniforms!

The Space Theater Hall was the world's first three-dimensional music hall with 1,008 speakers. You can not enter, but can see it through the glass panels.

The Tower of the Sun and the themed pavilions are introduced. It includes models of entire themed pavilions, as well as a replica of the Tree of Life.

Expo '70 Commemorative Park Expo '70 Pavilion

Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

A Museum that Exhibits Approximately 10,000 Items from Around the Word

The National Museum of Ethnology introduces the culture and lifestyles of people from around the world. The exhibition areas, that are divided into nine regions, languages and music, display approximately 10,000 items collected from around the world. On Saturdays, admission is free for youths and children high school age and younger.

There are exhibits of regions such as Oceania, the Americas and Europe, as well as exhibits of music and languages.

The American exhibit has huge totem poles you can look up at.

Expo '70 Commemorative Park National Museum of Ethnology

10-1 Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

Exhibition and Sales of Outstanding Crafts from Around Japan

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka opened in 1971 as a successor to the expo's Folk Crafts Museum of Tokyo pavilion. It exhibits outstanding crafts, such as ceramics and textiles, from across Japan and around the world, including works by Shoji Hamada, who was the first curator and a living national treasure.

The museum is adjacent to a Japanese garden. The building is the same building the pavilion at the expo was in.

Visitors can view the ceramics and textiles in a serene environment. Special exhibits are held twice a year in the spring and fall.

Expo '70 Commemorative Park Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka

10-5 Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

Combining the Best of Japan's Landscaping Skills

The Japanese Garden is a famous Japanese garden from the Showa period that combines the best of Japan's landscaping technology. The approximately 260,000sq.m. grounds which extend east-west were designed around the concept of flowing water and shows off gardening styles from three different periods from the Heian period (8 to 11 centuries) to the present.

There is much to see in the garden, including Shinji-ike, which is a pond in the shape of the kanji character for kokoro (heart).

Expo '70 Commemorative Park Japanese Garden

Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

A Variety of Workshops and Animal and Plant Observation Events!

Shizen Kansatsu Gakushukan is a facility that disseminates information regarding seasonal nature in Expo '70 Commemorative Park and the restoration of the forest. A variety of events, such as observation of plants and animals and craft workshops, are held. When not in use, the workshop is open to the public as a rest area.

Offers information and commentary on wild birds, insects and plants in Expo '70 Commemorative Park.

Expo '70 Commemorative Park Shizen Kansatsu Gakushukan

Senri Banpaku Koen, Suita-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.18.2017]

*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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