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Take a Trip Back in Time to the Osaka Expo of 1970! Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

Osaka has been chosen to hold 2025’s World Expo, but it was also the site of Asia’s first World Expo in 1970. “Expo ’70 Commemorative Park” is located on the former site of the expo, and it features the Tower of the Sun that was built as part of the theme pavilion, the interior of which is now open to the public for the first time in 48 years. Osaka has now been chosen as the site of the 2025 international exposition for the first time in 55 years, so be sure to take this opportunity to check out the 1970 Osaka Expo! Don’t forget to also take in the park’s Japanese garden and beautiful seasonal flowers!

The closing ceremony of Expo ’70 boasted over 64 million visitors
The closing ceremony of Expo ’70 boasted over 64 million visitors

The Inside of the Tower of the Sun is Open to the Public for the First Time in 48 Years!

This theme pavilion was designed by artist Taro Okamoto in the Expo ’70 Symbol Zone. It reaches nearly 70 meters in height and features three exhibition spaces that can fit many guests – one above ground, one below, and one in the air.

“Tower of the Sun,” a symbol of Expo ’70 Commemorative Park
“Tower of the Sun,” a symbol of Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

After the end of Expo ’70, the interior of the Tower of the Sun was closed off, but starting in 2018 the interior of the tower has been reopened to the public as a permanent exhibit for the first time in 48 years! Come see the still-vibrant exhibits, like the Tree of Life, a 41-meter-tall piece that represents life’s evolutionary process.

The Tree of Life. Experience life’s evolutionary process as you climb up the stairs!
The Tree of Life. Experience life’s evolutionary process as you climb up the stairs!

Back during the ’70 Expo, there was an escalator inside of the tower’s arm, and you were able to go out onto the large roof on the outside of the tower. Currently there is no roof access available, but you can look up into the arm from within the tower’s inner exhibit.

The arm’s length is about 25 meters
The arm’s length is about 25 meters

The Tower of the Sun has three faces: the Face of Gold at the top which represents the future, the Face of the Sun on the front which represents the present, and the Black Sun on the back which represents the past. However, the exhibit’s fourth face, the “Sun of the Underworld,” located in the underground space went missing after Expo ’70. A recreation of this mysterious fourth face, restored from past documents, can also be seen in the present day.

The “Sun of the Underworld” is in an enormous exhibit, 3 meters tall and 11 meters wide
The “Sun of the Underworld” is in an enormous exhibit, 3 meters tall and 11 meters wide

Tours Inside the Tower of the Sun

Reservations are required to tour the inside of the Tower of the Sun. Reservations can be made up to four months in advance of your desired tour date. Reservations are first-come-first-served, so be sure to book early.

OPEN
Admission
Adults 700 yen ※Separate from Expo ’70 Commemorative Park admission fee
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※Starting around April of 2019, you can make reservations to tour the Tower of the Sun from outside of Japan.

Expo ’70 Pavilion

After you visit the Tower of the Sun, be sure to stop by the Expo ’70 Pavilion! The permanent exhibit on the second floor features displays of nearly 3,000 valuable items from Expo ’70. Come here to experience the main theme of Expo ’70: “Progress and Harmony for Mankind.”

Check out the Expo ’70 Pavilion!
Check out the Expo ’70 Pavilion!

Expo ’70 Pavilion

Admission: Adults 200 yen ※Separate from Expo ’70 Commemorative Park admission fee.

Cherry Blossom Festival

Expo ’70 Commemorative Park is also known as a great cherry blossom viewing spot! Every year from mid-March through mid-April, the park is covered with beautiful pink blossoms. Park hours are also extended during the Cherry Blossom Festival so that guests can enjoy the trees when they are illuminated.

The Tower of the Sun seen through blooming cherry blossoms
The Tower of the Sun seen through blooming cherry blossoms

Cherry Blossom Festival

OPEN
Event Period
March 20th-April 14th, 2019 ※May change based on climate
Location
Natural and Cultural Gardens, Higashioji Street
Hours
9:30am-9:00pm (last entry at 8:30pm). Trees are illuminated from 6:00pm-9:00pm.

Rose Garden

The Peace Rose Garden is home to nearly 5,600 roses across almost 140 different kinds, including rare varieties. The Rose Festa is held from mid-to-late-May.

You can walk through the arch of roses in the central path!
You can walk through the arch of roses in the central path!

Japanese Garden

On this vast 26-hectare premises, visitors can see gardens from ancient times, the middle ages, modern times, and the present day. Enjoy a relaxing walk through lush, green natural surroundings while in the city.

“Shinji-ike Pond” looks like the character 心, which means “heart,” when viewed from directly above
“Shinji-ike Pond” looks like the character 心, which means “heart,” when viewed from directly above

There is also a teahouse in the Japanese gardens, featuring a Japanese dry landscape garden. Visitors may also experience tea ceremonies during certain times.
During the spring, you shouldn’t miss out on the view of Kanzan double cherry blossoms in full bloom!

See the double cherry blossoms in bloom across the sandy beach
See the double cherry blossoms in bloom across the sandy beach

Useful Information for Enjoying Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

①Osaka Free Wi-Fi

The free Wi-Fi service, “Osaka Free Wi-Fi,” is available at six locations in the park. Connect to use social media!
Free Wi-Fi Spots: Natural and Cultural Gardens (Central Gate, East Gate, Gate in front of Japanese Gardens, Central Rest Area), Japanese Garden (Main Entrance), and General Information Center

Osaka Free Wi-Fi
Osaka Free Wi-Fi

②Osaka Amazing Pass Expo ’70 Commemorative Park Edition

This special version of the “Osaka Amazing Pass,” which helps you travel around Osaka at a great price, is now available and includes the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park area! Don’t miss out on its special privileges within Expo ’70 Commemorative Park and other nearby areas!

Osaka Amazing Pass Expo ’70 Commemorative Park Edition
Osaka Amazing Pass Expo ’70 Commemorative Park Edition

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Basic Information on Expo '70 Commemorative Park

OPEN
Address
Senri Bampaku Koen, Suita City, Osaka[MAP]
Access
About 5 minutes on foot from Bampaku-Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail
Hours
9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last admission 4:30 pm)
Closed
Wednesdays (Open every day from Apr. 1 to Golden Week period, and Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.)
Admission
Adults 250 yen, elementary and junior high school students 70 yen
URL(English)
www.expo70-park.jp/languages/english/