Expo’70 Commemorative Park
The Expo’70 Commemorative Park is a popular landmark sightseeing spot in Suita City. The Tower of the Sun is a symbolic art sculpture in the park. The park is the former site where the Japan World Exposition was held in 1970, the first world exposition that was held in Asia. Surrounded by nature, there are two areas in the park: the Natrual and Cultural Gardens and the Japanese Garden.
The most famous landmark of the park is the Tower of the Sun that was created by the artist Taro Okamoto. It was built as part of the theme pavilion for the Expo. The tower is 70 meters high and the diameter of the foundation is 20 meters wide. It is a splendid sight to see up close with its powerful presence. There are three faces on the tower: the Golden mask, the Face of the Sun, and the Black Sun. Located on top of the tower, the Golden Mask represents the future. The Face of the Sun, which is located on the front, represents the present moment. And the Black Sun on the back symbolizes the past. We especially recommend seeing the Black Sun since it is rarely introduced in the media.
“It is spacious and relaxing!” The recommended walking route in the park is to take a stroll around the Natural and Cultural Gardens where you can enjoy the seasonal plants and flowers, taking a nice deep breath and relaxing in this spacious area. Then, keep walking and enjoy observing the 9th century to modern day style gardens in the Japanese Garden. Let the soothing sound of the water and pond revitalize you. If you want to take a break and enjoy a cup of tea, you can visit the Japanese tea house, “Senrian.”
After walking on the cherry tree lined street you can stop by the EXPO’70 Pavilion, a commemorative facility for the Japan World Exposition, and then visit the Tower of the Sun. The duration of the route is approximately 2 hours long. After your walk you can relax and recharge in the footbath called “Mori no Ashiyu.”
Suita City is the hometown for Gamba Osaka, the professional Japanese soccer team. The Suita City Soccer Stadium is the home stadium for the Gamba Osaka and will open in February of 2016 at the Expo’70 Commemorative Park. This stadium is the first in Japan that was built by the donations from individuals and companies. It accommodates 40,000 people. All seats of the stadium are covered by the roof and the stadium has been designed so that the distance between the seats and the player’s field is small. This allows the spectators to watch the game up close and personal in comfortable conditions.
The stadium also offers tours to see around the stadium and “BLU SPAZIO,” a shop with a variety of goods of Gamba Osaka, which enables you to enjoy the stadium even when there is not a game.
Popular Hands-on Facilities to Visit
Asahi Beer Suita Brewery
Asahi Breweries, Ltd. was founded in Suita City. Their first brewery factory was built in Suita Village (now Suita City) in 1889. Asahi Beer Suita Brewery offers tours of the factory by reservation. The tour is about the 120 years of the company’s history. After watching beer being brewed, you can enjoy a glass of freshly brewed beer.
Duskin Co., Ltd. is another company, whose headquarters is located in Suita City. The Duskin Museum opened in October of 2015. This handson
facility offers visitors the chance to learn about house cleaning through prearranged questions. Visitors can also learn how to make donuts since
Duskin also owns a nationwide donut chain.
History and Culture
The National Museum of Ethnology
Located in the Expo’70 Commemorative Park, The National Museum of Ethnology (“Minpaku”) is an inter-university research institute. Visitors can learn about different world cultures through various events and exhibitions. Starting with the exhibit about Oceania, the route leads visitors eastbound around the world and then ends in Japan. There are a variety of souvenirs available in the gift shop. For those who are looking for something unique, you won’t want to miss the gift shop.
The former house of the Nishio Family
If you are interested in historical architecture, you can visit the former house of the Nishio Family. It is a prestigious and modern Japanese style mansion. Its buildings and others are designated National Important Cultural Properties as well as a Registered Monument of Japan. The house is located near the Suita Station.
Local Gourmet Food and Souvenirs
Okonomi-yaki / Teppan-yaki SEN
This restaurant serves Osaka’s specialty food with great prices.
This Japanese style restaurant serves dishes using select locally grown ingredients.
This restaurant specializes in chicken dishes and serves specially bred chicken and duck cuisines.
Mebuki is a distilled liquor made from “Suitakuwai,” a local specialty vegetable from Suita.
This is an almond flavored cookie. Suitan is on the package. (Suitan is the mascot of Suita City.)
With a theme of “A fun place to play, learn, and discover are all in one place,” EXPOCITY opened in November of 2015! EXPOCITY is a large complex facility for entertainment and shopping. It is located in front of the Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.
Another recommended destination is the Expo’70 Commemorative Park. You can visit the park and enjoy shopping at the EXPOCITY all day!