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Expo Commemoration Park

Stroll through peaceful gardens and visit fascinating museums at this expansive park, the site of the 1970 World’s Fair. 

Osaka’s Expo Commemoration Park showcases the city’s cultural richness and gardening prowess. Walk through its glorious Japanese-style gardens, watch local sporting matches and browse interesting exhibits devoted to art and human history.

This park was built for the 1970s World’s Fair, which was the first time the famous global trading exposition was held in Japan. Covering around 642 acres (260 hectares), it features some of the city's most beautiful landscapes.

Make your way to the center of the park to the Tower of the Sun, a red-and-white structure adorned with three separate faces. This monument, designed by Taro Okamoto, was the symbol of the 1970 expo.

Meander through the Natural and Cultural Gardens, where forests and grass fields exhibit the kind of harmonious landscaping typical of the Shōwa period. Spread out a picnic on the vast lawns and admire views of the pond, flower arrangements and forest areas, which contain an estimated 470,000 trees. Arrange your trip for February when the plum trees are in mauve bloom or go in April to witness the majestic pink cherry blossoms.

Stop by the National Museum of Ethnology and see collections of artifacts from every ethnic group. Exhibits here include films, still images, recordings and tools from throughout Japanese, African, European and Oceanic history. Nearby, the Japanese Folk Crafts Museum counts ceramic wares and dyed fabrics among its collection.

Find the Osaka '70 Expo Stadium in the northeast corner of the park. This 21,000-capacity arena now hosts soccer matches and cultural events. Elsewhere in the park lie the abandoned remnants of Expoland, an amusement park that was shut down in 2007. Though entry here is forbidden, its forlorn aesthetic makes it an excellent subject for photographs.

Hone your tennis or soccer skills at the park’s sporting facilities. Afterward, rid yourself of any residual tension at the park's hot spring facility.

The Expo Commemoration Park is located in northern Osaka, 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Umeda. Ride the subway here or drive and use the on-site parking. The park is open daily and an admission fee is required to enter.


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SENRI-BANPAKU-KOEN, SUITA, 1-5, Suita, Osaka (prefecture)
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Suita, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Expo City and Tower of the Sun. National Museum of Ethnology and Banpaku Memorial Park Athletics Stadium are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bampaku-kinen-koen Station is 14 minutes by foot and Koen-higashiguchi Station is 18 minutes.

    Senri Hankyu Hotel Osaka P4,078
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    Senri Hankyu Hotel Osaka

       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of NIFREL, Redhorse Osaka Wheel and Panasonic Stadium Suita. Tower of the Sun and Expo City are also within 3 mi (5 km). Senri-Chuo Station is only a 4-minute walk and Monmoyama-dai Station is 25 minutes.

      MINAMISENRI Crystal Hotel P3,595
      MINAMISENRI Crystal Hotel

      MINAMISENRI Crystal Hotel

         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Suita, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Expo Commemoration Park, Osaka University and Expo City. Panasonic Stadium Suita and Hattori Ryokuchi Park are also within 3 miles (5 km). Minami-senri Station is only a 4-minute walk and Monmoyama-dai Station is 15 minutes.

        Ibaraki Central Hotel
        Ibaraki Central Hotel

        Ibaraki Central Hotel

           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Ibaraki, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Expo Commemoration Park, Osaka University and Expo City. Panasonic Stadium Suita and Tower of the Sun are also within 3 miles (5 km). Ibaraki Station is 5 minutes by foot and Unobe Station is 13 minutes.

          Hotel Crest Ibaraki
          Hotel Crest Ibaraki

          Hotel Crest Ibaraki

             
            2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Ibaraki, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Expo Commemoration Park, Osaka University and Expo City. Panasonic Stadium Suita and Tower of the Sun are also within 3 miles (5 km). Ibaraki Station is only a 3-minute walk and Unobe Station is 14 minutes.

            Hotel Crest Dio
            Hotel Crest Dio

            Hotel Crest Dio

               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Ibaraki, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Expo Commemoration Park, Osaka University and Expo City. Panasonic Stadium Suita and Tower of the Sun are also within 3 miles (5 km). Ibaraki Station is only a 4-minute walk and Ibaraki-shi Station is 14 minutes.

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                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Ibaraki, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Expo Commemoration Park, Osaka University and Expo City. Tower of the Sun and Panasonic Stadium Suita are also within 3 miles (5 km). JR Sojiji Station is 27 minutes by foot and Ibaraki Station is 30 minutes.

                CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA KISHIBE P3,330
                CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA KISHIBE

                CANDEO HOTELS OSAKA KISHIBE

                5-45 Shinmachi, Kishibe, Suita, Osaka
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Suita, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Panasonic Stadium Suita and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Tower of the Sun. Umeda Sky Building and Mint Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km). Kishibe Station is 9 minutes by foot and Shojaku Station is 15 minutes.