Japan's Tallest Ferris Wheel
Debuting on July 1, 2016, this ferris wheel, standing at 123 metres, is Japan's tallest and the fifth highest in the world. Special shock absorbers are used to mitigate any shaking from potential earthquakes. Glass gondolas, temperature-controlled according to season, also allow passengers sweeping -- or sweat-inducing -- views of the surrounding area. Should you be afraid of heights, touchscreen tablets displaying local attractions on "Expo TV" provide a welcome distraction. The carriages seat six people, while the two VIP gondolas have extra room and are equipped with LED lighting.
Learn -- or Shop -- 'Til You Drop
Nature is Red at Orbi (Osaka) -- Photo by Jane K
has been billed as Japan's largest shopping mall. The complex also contains a number of educational theme parks, such as Orbi (Osaka)
and the Nifrel
aquarium. The former is an interactive nature experience centre with content and tech provided by BBC Earth and Sega. The latter, run by the same team as the world-famous Osaka Aquarium
, is an exploration of all things related to oceanic waters.
Duelling Gundam Figures -- Photo by Jane K
The more conventional Gundam Square
Shop and Gundam Cafe stocks figurines, stationery and even instant retort
(pouch) Gundam curry. Gundam-themed cakes and snacks are also available.
Open for Business -- Photo from Flickr cc by Gorimon
The mall is a good place to stop and refuel if you are exploring the general Suita
or northern Osaka
area. The food court is especially family friendly. Residents of Japan will also appreciate the center's international offerings whether it be food, fashion or both. 4D and IMAX cinemas round out an excellent entertainment experience.
Before summer's end, be on the lookout for Odigo at EXPOCITY
near the ferris wheel. We will soon be offering a selection of Odigo services within the Redhorse Marumie Plaza.
The View Across to Expo '70 Commemoration Park -- Photo by Lauren Shannon
- To reach Osaka EXPOCITY by public transport, take the monorail and get off at Banpaku Kinen Koen Station
- You can also take the bus from JR Ibaraki Station (Osaka) and disembark at EXPOCITY Mae bus stop
EXPOCITY is within walking distance from either destination
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