One Day Tripper

Celebrating the host city of the upcoming World Expo! Traveling to find designs from Osaka that we’ll want to bring into the future.

After being chosen to host a world exposition in 2025, Osaka is brisker than ever. After roughly fifty years since the previous Osaka expo, which showcased images of the world in the 21st century, how about strolling around the city of Osaka where new and old designs intersect, thinking about the next half century?

It started just after World War II and moved to its current location in 1970. The space has not changed since. The ultramarine-blue ceiling with bumps and dips reminds us of craters, with the lighting like shining stars and mirrors on the wall expressing the infinite expanse of outer space. The large floor (about 330 m2) was made into a cosmic scene by the master Seishin Ryu, who will become 98 years old this year. The house-roasted Coffee has been served at the same price for 20 years.

Coffee shop Mazura
Osaka Ekimae Daiichi Building B1F, 1-3-1, Kita-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6345-3400
Open: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Closed: Sunday, National holiday

A bookstore in a traditional private house, which selects books for connoisseurs

A gallery and secondhand bookstore in an 80-year-old private house in Higashisumiyoshi-ku, where a classic old townscape remains. An old book of French literature, a photographic collection of an enthusiastic photographer, Taiwanese magazines, and zines are in its lineup. Find a favorite from the roughly categorized bookshelves, which really show the character of Tsubasa Kanbayashi, the owner.

3-9-11, Tanabe, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka
Open: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Closed: Tuesday, Wednesday

A community of guests from all over the world is created by design.

A hotel opened in Benten-cho, where a retro townscape remains from the Showa period, in 2017. It is in the same bay area as the venue of the next Expo. You can enjoy music on the record player in each room. “A life with analog culture” is its concept. Taste the exquisite coffee served by a barista at the café annexed to the lounge, which is also a community space for the guests. The hotel proposes a heart-warming experience through a journey.

1-2-5, Ichioka, Minato-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-6577-5500
46 rooms, 7,000 yen~/ night, 2 persons/ room

An immortal work from EXPO ’70 returns to life.

Tower of the Sun was made by a matchless artist, Taro Okamoto. The inside of the building, which used to be a part of a theme pavilion, has been on public view since March 2018, re-opening again after 48 years. First, you will see the sketches drawn by Okamoto and a restored "Sun of the Underworld”. As you proceed, the 41-meter-high Tree of Life appears. The extraordinary space expresses the evolution of lives with 183 models of 33 species of living things arranged on the trunk and branches.

Tower of the Sun
Within Expo Memorial Park, Senribanpakukoen, Suita, Osaka
TEL: 0120-1970-89
Open: 10:00 - 17:00 (Reception closed at 16:30)
*Reservation from the official web site is required. Reservation required at least one day in advance of the day you’ll visit.
Closed: Wednesday (Open throughout the year until June 4.)

Taste the very essence of tea in a modern space filled with Japanese beauty.

A gallery and café whose name is derived from wado (a coined word meaning “the Japanese way”). Kobayashi, the owner, selects tableware that you can use for a lifetime by visiting each artist. Japanese tea purchased from contract farmers in Wazuka, Kyoto, and Makinohara, Shizuoka is served at the café. The clear taste of tea, made from the whole tea leaves from a single source, creates a blissful moment.

Toshin Building 2F, 4-9-3, Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
TEL: 06-4708-3616
Open: 10:00 - 7:00 PM
Closed: Open throughout the year

The timeless, mesmerizing beauty of a historic building.

With its long history as a commercial city, a lot of retro-modern buildings remain in Osaka. There is an outstanding retro building completed in 1927 in a segment of the Senba business district. A stair’s handrail with scroll patterns, gargoyle decorated corbels, and interior motifs from Maya and Inca designs are impressive. Today, the building’s tenants are a collection of unique shops and cafés.

Shibakawa Building
3-3-3 Fushimi-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Closed: Open throughout the year