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Nagakute-City Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)

  • Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)
  • Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)
  • Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)
  • Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)

EXPO Park, Nagakute-City. Experience Nature's Wisdom, Linimo, and the Totoro House

In 2005, Aichi Prefecture was host to the World EXPO, featuring 121 participant countries and regions, and welcoming over 22 million visitors. The theme to the six-month international exhibition was "Nature's Wisdom", focusing on ecological co-existence, renewable energy technology and the wonders of nature.

Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)

International pavilions were constructed with recycled, or recyclable materials, and great care was taken to minimize the sites' environmental impact. Environmentally friendly transport to, and within the site was also realized.

Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)

The main site was a 185 hectare forested, hilly area of Nagakute, just east of Nagoya City, with a smaller satellite area in nearby Seto, made accessible by ropeway. The pavilions and most facilities have long been removed, and the Nagakute area has been reverted into a wide parkland known as Moricoro Park after the two EXPO mascot characters, Morizo and Kikkoro. Among the remaining facilities are a fun water park and swimming pool for all ages and an ice skating rink, where even pros perform. Another section has become an EXPO 2005 memorial museum, while the former Robot Station has been transformed into a kids' activity center, with indoor and outdoor nature experience playground activities. The giant EXPO Ferris Wheel also remains in operation.

Satsuki and Mei's Totoro House

Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park)

One of the main EXPO 2005 attractions remaining is Satsuki and Mei's house, a life sized recreation of the home of the girls from the popular animated movie Tonari no Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro). The home is not just a recreated film set, but a glimpse into Japanese home life in the mid to late 50's. Visitors can explore the house, complete with a book lined study, classic living room, old fire-heated Goemon bathtub, even a well in backyard. Can't promise you'll meet the Totoro, but keep your eyes open just in case!

Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Park (Expo Park, Moricoro Park) LINIMO

The area can be reached by a ride on the first high speed commercial magnetic levitation train, the Linimo. Floating 8mm above the track while in motion, the Linimo can achieve speeds of 100km/h. That too is an adventure in itself, and a treasured legacy of EXPO 2005.

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Location : 〒480-1342
1533-1 Otsu, Ibaragabasama, Nagakute-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : Admission free (some facilities charged)
Opening
days / hours
: Park open from April to October 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM. November to March 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
*: 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM on park holidays. Opening hours of facilities inside the park may vary, check website for details.
Parking : Regular cars ¥500 (capacity 1,811)
Large vehicles ¥1,650 (capacity 69)
Motorcycles ¥200 (capacity 68)
Discounts available for handicapped guests.
Holidays : Mondays (the following weekday if Monday is a public holiday) Open on Mondays during Spring, Summer, and Winter Breaks.
*: Closed at year's end and New Year (December 29 to January 1).
Phone number : 0561-64-1130

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    From Fujigaoka Station of the subway Higashiyama Line (board from Nagoya Station), take the Linimo and alight at Ai-Chikyu Haku Kinen Koen Station. Walk southwards 1min.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Take the Nagoya Seto Road from the Tomei Expressway Nisshin JCT, exit at the Nagakute I.C. and drive for approx. 5 minutes or exit at the Tomei Expressway Nagoya I.C. and drive east for approx. 20 minutes.

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