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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
- Adults 700 yen ※Separate from Expo ’70 Commemorative Park admission fee
※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.”
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.
Cherry Blossom Festival
- Event Period
- March 20th-April 14th, 2019 ※May change based on climate
- Natural and Cultural Gardens, Higashioji Street
- 9:30am-9:00pm (last entry at 8:30pm). Trees are illuminated from 6:00pm-9:00pm.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
Basic Information on Expo '70 Commemorative Park
- Senri Bampaku Koen, Suita City, Osaka[MAP]
- About 5 minutes on foot from Bampaku-Koen Station on the Osaka Monorail
- 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Last admission 4:30 pm)
- Wednesdays (Open every day from Apr. 1 to Golden Week period, and Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.)
- Adults 250 yen, elementary and junior high school students 70 yen