The “Expo‘ 70 Commemorative Park “, located in Suita, Osaka, was created on the site of the Japan Exposition in 1970. The large site is packed with attractions such as the famous tower of the sun, hot springs, nature, museums, etc. that you can not go around in a day. It is a park that is loved by Osaka citizens from its long history.
This park is a spot where you can enjoy various ways from children to adults, including “Japanese Garden”, “Natural Culture Garden”, and a pavilion where you can experience the history of the World Expo. In addition, a large complex “EXPOCITY” will open next door in 2017, making it a popular tourist destination on the outskirts of Osaka.
The “Expo‘ 70 Commemorative Park “was created on the site of the first “Japan World Exposition” held in Japan in 1970. The “Tower of the Sun”, which became a topic from its impressive look at that time, is still in its present form. It is also a topic that the inside that had been kept private for 48 years in 2018 has been published.
The “Japan World Exposition” was a major event in Japanese history with more than 64 million visitors with 77 countries participating.
Even people who were not born at that time may have heard of names such as “The Tower of the Sun”.
With the theme of “progress and harmony with humanity”, 116 pavilions have taken part, creating a space for people from all over the world to interact.
You can see the situation at that time in the “EXPO’70 pavilion” in the park.
Today, the Expo Park has a variety of facilities and is a popular Osaka leisure spot for children and adults alike all day long. In summer, you can enjoy a barbecue, or you can take a boat and look at the nature from the top of the pond, so you can enjoy everything from family outings to dating.
In addition, there is also a training ground for “Gamba Osaka,” a professional soccer team based in Suita, Osaka, where you can also observe the general public. As there is also a clubhouse in the practice area, it is a nice spot for football fans.
The venue of the expo held in Suita-shi, Osaka in 1970 was opened as “Expo’70 Commemorative Park” two years after its end. It is loved by many people still now. There are many highlights, such as “Taiyo no To” (Tower of the Sun) the Japanese garden, many events are also held and both adults and children can enjoy them, and many tourist visit every year.
Speaking of “Expo ‘70”, it might be said this famous “Tower of the Sun” is the masterpiece of Taro Okamoto. You can see it in front, shortly after entering from the entrance of Expo ’70 Commemorative Park. It may be better to call big statue this tower that has about 70 m in height. The inside of it being hollow, and was used as an exhibition hall at the time of expo holding.
The daring psychedelic design at the time attracted public attention. There are the three faces called the “Face of Gold” which symbolizes the future, the “Face of Sun” showing the present, and the “Face of Black Sun” which drawn on and the back side of the tower shows the past. Seemingly, it will be connected with Amaterasu Omikami (the Sun Goddess) if each meaning is followed. Through the past, the present, the future, the grandeur is not lost as a symbol of the energy of everything even if 40 years or more pass.
The pavilion used by the expo was abolished after the expo closing. On the ruins, the forest which plants a tree and a flower, and reproduced is the “Natural and Cultural Park”. From the woods of the west side of the “Tower of the Sun”, it is a design which inclines gently-sloping. A lawn is planted on the east side of the tower, and the atmospheres of the plain are created.
Most sites of Expo’70 Commemorative Park are occupied by the “Japanese Garden” and the “Natural and Cultural Park”. These two gardens are good to enjoy walk. You can enjoy the course that matched yourself looking at the map for the walk. When coming here, it is convenient if you use Osaka-Monorail.
|Name:||Expo ‘70 Commemorative Park|
|Address:||Senribanpakukoen 1-1 Suita, Osaka 565-0826 Japan|
|Access:||Osaka Monorail-sen Line “Banpaku-Kinen-Koen-eki Station” (1 minute walk)|
*There are some charged facilities.
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