The Tower of the Sun – Designed by Taro Okamoto
This curious structure was opened as part of the Expo ’70 World’s Fair. It featured in an area of the fair called the Symbol Zone where people could gather. Though many of the other structures at the World’s Fair were dismantled after the event ended, the Tower of the Sun still stands today.
The interior of the Tower is an intricate and thought provoking exhibition called The Tree of Life. It deals with the concept of evolution from single celled organisms to human beings. The interior was re-opened (for visitors with reservations) in spring 2018 after many years of being closed.
Minpaku – The National Museum of Ethnology
A world class institution with two principal functions – the Minpaku Museum serves as both a place of research for graduates and as an immersive display about the world and its cultures. This is definitely a hidden gem that we hope more visitors to Osaka can see and experience.
Church of the Light
This Tadao Ando-designed Church is located in Ibaraki, Osaka. The Church is a member of the United Church of Christ in Japan. The light streaming in through the large, cross-shaped space in the wall creates a visually stunning effect. This Church is an increasingly popular place to visit, not only for those interested in Christianity in Japan, but also for architecture enthusiasts.