Translated by Hilary Keyes
Expocity: Experience Unknown Thrills At Osaka's Largest Shopping Center
Spend a leisurely day at Expo City, a massive entertainment complex where you'll also find 305 shop-strong Lalaport Expocity, all near Osaka's Expo Park.
Written by Mami Wakamatsu
In Osaka you will find Banpakukinen Park - or the Expo Memorial Park..
This site, built for the 1970 Japanese World Exposition, is one of the largest public parks in Osaka. Not only can you enjoy seasonal flowers here, but also barbecues, Japanese-style gardens, sports facilities and even hot springs.
In 2015, on part of the grounds of Banpakukinen Park, Japan's largest entertainment complex was built: Expocity.
Spreading out before Banpakukinen Park Station on the Osaka Monorail, Expocity not only contains various leisure facilities, but also is home to Lalaport Expocity, a shopping mall with 305 stores to enjoy.
Entertainment You Can't Experience Anywhere Else
This entertainment complex is built on the principle of enjoying oneself as you "play, learn, discover". Be surprised by the unexpected and experience new thrills - things you can only do at Expocity will be introduced next.
Pokemon Expo Gym
At Pokemon Expo Gym, as you chat with the incredibly popular Pokemon,you can learn how to become a master trainer. This place is a must for Pokemon fans.
At Orbi Osaka, using the latest in film technology, you can experience what it's like to be surrounded by Mother Nature. Not only images but wind and scents, fog and lights and a 3D sound system with low frequency bass all combine together expertly to produce truly realistic, full-body experiences for visitors to this amazing facility.
The Moving Animal Amusement Park - Anipo
One of the attractions at this amusement park is that you can ride on a bicycle that soars through the sky or take a stroll through the clouds; this is a park loved by both kids and adults. There are many cute animal characters here just waiting to meet you.
The Living Museum - Nifrel
You can see nature and meet animals and sea life at the museum Nifrel. Different from both zoos and aquariums, this unique facility takes you outside from the usual restrictions.
109 Cinemas Osaka Expocity
109 Cinemas Osaka Expocity is a state-of-the-art cinema complex. The main theater is located in a 6 story building with an 18 meter high, 26 meter wide gigantic screen. Using high resolution 4K projectors, here you can experience vivid brightness, contrast and colors that standard theaters cannot hope to reproduce. You will certainly feel like you're in the movie itself here.
This amusement park is based on the British cartoon, Shaun the Sheep. Produced via the collaboration and under the supervision of the Aardman Animations company, this park is the first of its kind in Japan.
There are plenty of other facilities too. For example, for non-English speakers, Osaka English Village, is the first American-style English learning park in Japan. In the spring of 2016, Japan's largest Ferris wheel, the Osaka Wheel and its official shop and restaurant, Redhorse Marumie Plaza are also open for business.
Shopping Park: Lalaport Expocity
At the Lalaport Expocity shopping center, not only can you shop, but you can also enjoy gourmet foods from around the world in their Food Pavilion food court and see other amazing, entertaining contents.
When in Osaka, get your fill of entertainment and shopping at Osaka's Expocity - you won't regret it!
Address: Osaka, Suita, Senribanpaku Park 2-1
Hours: Restaurants 11:00-22:00, others 10:00-22:00 (may differ by shop)
Credit Cards: Varies by shop
Other Languages: -
Nearest Station: Banpakukinen Park Station (万博記念公園駅), Osaka Monorail
Access: 2 minute walk from Banpakukinen Park Station
Phone Number: 6-6170-5590 (Representation - from 10:00-18:00)