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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Nature

Expo Memorial Park 万博記念公園

A vast playground with grassy expanses, a year-round skating rink, a pool and more for active fun or peaceful refuge

The Expo Memorial Park spans some 264 hectares and offers wide open lawns, Japanese gardens, museums and more. Millions first gathered here for the World Expo in 1970, and many still come to the park today.

Don't Miss

  • The life-size re-creation of Satsuki and Mei's house from the movie My Neighbor Totoro
  • View the famous symbol of Osaka—the Tower of the Sun
  • See antiquities from around the world at the National Museum of Ethnology

How to Get There

From JR Osaka or Umeda Station, take the Midosuji Subway line to Senri-Chuo Station. Then transfer to the Osaka Monorail, riding two stops to Banpaku-Kinen-Koen Station. You will arrive in front of the park.

You can walk to the park from Senri-Chuo Station. Just follow the main road and you will reach the park entrance. It isn't the most scenic of routes, however, so the Osaka Monorail is your best bet.

Bringing people together since 1970

In 1970, Japan was rebounding fast from its postwar past. As with the 1964 Olympics, the country invested in showing off its economic success, presenting its first World's Fair (World Expo) on the northern end of Osaka's greater metropolitan area.

The expo itself was one of the best attended in history, with 64 million visitors over six months. To commemorate the event, the city preserved the grounds, transforming the area into a massive park. Some of the artifacts from the expo still remain, including the Tower of the Sun, a huge sculpture that has become an unofficial symbol for the city.

A unique symbol of Osaka

Created by Japanese artist Taro Okamoto for the World's Fair in 1970, the Tower of the Sun soars over the trees that surround it. It featured in the world-famous anime Naruto.

Trace the roots of Japanese culture

Located within the park grounds, the National Museum of Ethnology is home to 70 researchers and boasts one of the largest reference libraries in Japan. Visit the facilities to learn about Japan's ancient origins starting with the Jomon period, which dates back as far as 14,000 B.C.

There are also exhibits on cultures from across the globe, along with traveling exhibits that change periodically. Exhibits are well-translated, proving educational and fascinating for both Japanese and overseas visitors.

More amusements await in LaLaport Expocity

The newly developed LaLaport Expocity provides a slice of modern entertainment within the park. Among its attractions are an IMAX theater, an aquarium and entertainment facility produced by Sega in collaboration with the UK's BBC EARTH.

Planning your trip

Expo Memorial Park makes for a great half- or full-day trip. The park really comes to life in spring when countless cherry trees bloom, creating an endless expanse of pink hues. Even so, Expo Memorial Park can be enjoyed in any season, and the numerous facilities cater to every type of traveler. You can rent bikes to get around.

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