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Osaka Expo

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Osaka Expo

Has anyone been to the Expo & if so is it worth it? Any advice on traveling from Tokyo to Osaka & recommended hotels in both cities would be appreciated. Also, how difficult is it to travel in Japan on your own without being able to speak the language?

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The Expo in Osaka took place in 1970. Not much remains except for the stadium and housing developments that were built for it. If you're talking about the current Expo, it's being held in Aichi prefecture outside Nagoya. A new international airport has opened to cater to travelers arriving for it; Nagoya is between Osaka and Tokyo. There have been other posts here about this year's Expo which should be useful reading.

Learning English is required in the Japanese educational system, and you'll find that many people (particularly students) are eager to practice. Every train station's signs are written in English as well as in Japanese, and the digital information boards on trains are bilingual. Many restaurants do not have menus written in anything but the native language, but a neat feature which the rest of the world has yet to embrace is the widespread use of plastic models in window displays. All you have to do is summon your server outside and point to what looks good. Most hotels have English-speaking staff, and tourist-information centers in the major cities have guidebooks and pamphlets about attractions that are written in our native tongue. In general, the main tourist spots that you're likely to visit will also have English-language material on hand. There are even two daily nationwide newspapers to read: Mainichi Daily News and the Japan Times. In short, traveling and existing in Japan without any "Nihongo" is relatively painless.

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Yes, I meant the current Expo in Nagoya. You've been very helpful.

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I went to the current Expo with a few friends and had a great time. We were flying into Nagoya on our way to Osaka and figured "why not?" The price 4600 yen wasn't that bad if you compare it to an amusement park (though just like amusement parks, you'll spend more $$$ for food and drink inside). I thought it was very interesting and well worth it especially if you are interested in international culture. If you are only interested in Japanese culture (which is understandable since thats where you are spending your $$$ to go) you might want to spend the time elsewhere. The World Expo understandably catered to the world...

That said there were some very interesting exhibits on technology and robotics that were cool, but be sure you get there early. The lines got kinda crazy by 12.

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Me and a friend are also looking to go to the expo in nagoya and were planning to stay at the hilton in osaka, would that be good for going to the expo or is it to far? Also will the expo be open till the 10th of june? Is it also similar to "E3"? Would you recomend any hotels similar to the hilton in nagoya if there are any?

Thank you very much

I look forward to your reply

Alan

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5. Re: Osaka Expo

Hi Avio, Alan,

You can find information regarding the Aichi Expo at "http://www-1.expo2005.or.jp/en/."

Alan,

Since it takes about an hour (or longer) from Osaka to Nagoya by Shinkansen and at least 45 minutes from Nagoya to the Expo, it will be better if you stay in or near Nagoya. However, most hotels in Nagoya must be sold out for June, especially on weekends. There are Hilton and similar hotels in Nagoya.

Hilton Nagoya (www.hilton.com/en/hi/hotels/index.jhtml…)

Marriott Nagoya Associa (http://www.associa.com/english/nma/)

Sofitel the Cypress Nagoya (http://www.sofitelthecypress.com/)

ANA Hotels ��� Hotel Grand Court Nagoya (http://www.grandcourt.co.jp/E/)

The Westin Nagoya Castle (http://www.castle.co.jp/english/)

If hotels in Nagoya are sold out, you may want to check outside of Nagoya, but somewhere closer than Osaka. There are hotels you may want to contact in Mikawa-Anjo and Toyohashi.

Hotel Grand Tiara Anjo in Mikawa-Anjo (http://www.grandtiara.com/anjo/)

Hotel Nikko Toyohashi (www.nikkotoyohashi.com/english/top/e_top.html)

Hotel Associa Toyohashi (http://www.associa.com/tyh/)

Good luck!

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p.s. Additionally, you may want to contact "Hotel Grand Tiara Kasugai" (takasagoden.co.jp/kasugai/info/banpaku.html), since they are located only 45 minutes away from the Expo. Their phone number is 0568-89-1122 within Japan or 011-81-568-89-1122 from US. This may be the best choice for the Expo if they have any rooms left.