All About Osaka EXPOCITY, the Largest Entertainment Complex in Japan

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  • Osaka EXPOCITY, Japan’s largest entertainment complex, opened in Suita City, Osaka in November 2015. There are eight entertainment sections and a brief explanation will be given on each of them below.

    1. Nifrel

    This is the first building on the left as you arrived at the Osaka EXPOCITY. This is actually an aquarium and the company managing this place is Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. I have yet to check out this place because of the long queue in the morning, but I heard that they incorporated art with the displays of the land and sea creatures. Don’t miss out the display of the white tiger too, which is supposes to be one of the main attractions in this place. Thus, the reason many white tiger plush toys are on sale in the Nifrel gift shop. The entrance fee is 1900 yen, slightly cheaper than Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. One good way to estimate the crowd for the day might be checking out the website’s ticketing page. Information is shown at the bottom of the page where they show an estimation of the visitors number expected for the day.

    Nifrel Website

    2. Anipo

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    Anipo is a small outdoor animal-themed amusement area mainly for children. This is definitely a nice place for parents and children to enjoy the fun rides together.

    3. Osaka English Village

    This “village”‘s main purpose is to help visitors improve their English. This place is designed like an American village, allowing visitors to have an overseas experience without the need of travelling. There are many sections such as Dinosaur Park, Native American Village and Times Square area. This place could be a great way to improve your English, having fun while learning at the same time.

    English Village Website

    4. Orbi Osaka

    This entertainment area is produced by Sega, one of the well-known entertainment companies in Japan, in collaboration with UK’s BBC Earth. There are theater and entertainment exhibitions available to experience the wonders of nature.

    Orbi Website

    5. 109 Cinemas

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    In my opinion, a shopping complex is definitely not complete without a movie theater. What significantly differentiates this place from other cinemas are the following features, 4DX motion chairs with multisensor effects, IMAX theater with next-generation laser projection and superb sound quality as well as having the largest screen in Japan! Sounds really cool, right?

    6. LaLaport EXPOCITY

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    Any complex definitely has their shopping area. And this is the exact main purpose of the Lalaport EXPOCITY area. Here, you can find many shops such as Tsutaya bookstore, EdiOn electronics store, popular clothes brands such as UniQlo, Muji, Zara, Daiso 100yen store, Kiddyland and many more. Check out the following website for a complete list of the tenants in Lalaport EXPOCITY. The information center is also located in this building on the first floor, so you can ask a staff to give you guidance to get to a shop you’re looking for.

    Extra information:
    If you are a fan of Kapibarasan, why not check out BAKERY CAFE CHARABREAD? This bakery makes some awesome character buns. I found this cute bakery by chance, as it is not well advertised!

    7. Entertainment Field

    This is, basically, an entertainment area located at the LalaPort EXPOCITY and its theme is “Shaun the Sheep”. Here, you can enjoy the farm world of Shaun and his friends. There are 2 sections: Shaun Family Farm and Workshop area. Both sections require different entrance fees, so be careful when you pay for one. While there, why not check out the exclusive goods of Shaun and his friends. Check out their website to find more information on this place.

    Family Farm

    8. RedHorse Osaka Wheel

    This area houses the biggest Ferris wheel in Japan as well as the official shop and restaurant, Redhorse Marumie Plaza. The Ferris wheel stands at 123 meters.

    There is also a nice open area at the entrance of the complex so you can just sit and relax there if you have had enough of shopping and sightseeing. The Banpaku Expo Park is only 5 minutes away from the complex so why not check out the park too if you have some extra time. There are few ways to access Osaka EXPOCITY by public transport, you can either take the monorail and get off at Banpaku Kinen Koen station, or take the bus from JR Ibaraki station and get off at EXPOCITY Mae bus stop. The complex is accessible by walk from either destination!

    EXPOCITY Website

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