The“Japan World Exhibition,”or so-called EXPO’70 held in Osaka in 1970, was the first world fair in Asia.
The massive former site of the largest-scale event at the time later became Expo Commemoration Park,
one of the biggest green areas in the Kansai region, well-known because of remaining features
like the“Tower of the Sun”created by world-famous artist Taro Okamoto,
a Japanese garden that reflects the scenery of Japan’s four seasons, and the National Museum of Ethnology,
home to a collection of items from ancient Japanese culture and other cultures worldwide.
The Park can be accessed within one hour from Kyoto, too.
In November 2015, 45 years after the EXPO’70,“EXPOCITY,”the largest-class entertainment and shopping complex in Japan opened. The complex includes seven entertainment areas such as a Ferris wheel (opens in spring 2016), 4D movie theater, and a shopping center with over 200 shops, food court and restaurants offering a variety of foods you can taste in Japan.
The focus of“EXPOCITY”is“NIFREL, a live museum,”
“NIFREL”is produced by OSAKA AQUARIUM KAIYUKAN,* the biggest aquarium in the world. The museum is not just an aquarium, zoo, or art museum, though. This is a new type of museum that“appeals to your instincts.”
The museum comprises seven zones with completely different artistic presentations that are designed to highlight the individuality of each creature, using a combination of construction, lighting, music and screen images. It exhibits approx. 2,000 animals of150 kinds, including water creatures, large land mammals, and birds, some of which you can only see in Japan. In an area with a world-first 360-degree, globe-shaped screen using the latest technology, you can experience space art just as if you were watching stars in deep outer space.
The museum is open from 10:00 ‒ 20:00 seven days a week, and allowing re-entry. Enjoy the creatures in both daytime and nighttime, while you enjoy shopping and meals outside the museum.
Note: No. 1 aquarium in Asia selected by TripAdvisor in 2014
Astonished by wonders of life,
fascinated by surprises and mysteries in nature,
you will want to share the amazing discoveries with someone else.
Through the encounter with various forms of life
which resonates your heart strings and brings you a sense of oneness,
you will awake to the power of life.
Yet, what inspires you here are not only living things,
but unprecedented experiences,
leading to a new finding in yourself.
from 10:00 to 20:00 ( Admission closed at 19:00 )
Note : Opening hours are subject to change depending on the season.
|Adults ( aged 16 or older / senior high school students )||1,900 yen|
|Elementary / junior high school students||1,000 yen|
|Preschoolers ( aged 3 or older )||600 yen|
|Adults ( aged 16 or older / senior high school students )||1,700 yen|
|Elementary / junior high school students||900 yen|
|Preschoolers ( aged 3 or older )||500 yen|
Group rates, as shown in the table, are applied to a group of 20 peoples or more.
For foreign guests, however, the rates can be applied to a group of 15 people or more.
NIFREL EXPOCITY 2-1
Senri bampaku koen, Suita-shi,
0570-022060 ( Navi dial )