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Japan: Eigamura Toei Kyoto Studio Park

I visited Eigamura back in 2013 but didnt have so much of a fantastic time, mostly due to the weather and time constraints. Recently I returned with J and we spent about 5 hours enjoying the park.

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Expo 70 Park

We wanted to go to Lake Biwa on Mon but woke up too late, we umhed and hawed about what to do for ages. Then we decided to picnic in Expo 70 Park. Even though it was 38 degrees (and feels like 42!). It took us two trains and a monorail to get there.

It only cost ¥250 to enter.

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The famous Tower of the Sun.

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The trees have disco balls!

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The other side of the tower.

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We had a lovely picnic of red wine and cheese, which we got for our birthdays from our UK friends!

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Guitar rilak came to relax.

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It was so hot I’m glad we found space in the shade. My mum skyped as we were picnicking it was great to chat and see my nephew hugging my dog – cuuute!

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We walked to the boating lake and the lights all came on, they are having an evening light up at the moment but they got turned on so early, about 4.20pm!

We got to the pedalos and the guy was closing up! They must finish at 5 as there were still some people on the lake but he would let us rent one ;_;

We walked to the lotus garden as lotus plants are in season right now and we missed them last summer, but a big gate blocked our way. We asked a worker and she said it was not open, so we asked about the Japanese garden it was closed too. Looking at one of the parks sign maps those areas were shown in grey, as if they are closed for good.

Instead we headed towards the Summer Garden…

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Not quite so impressive.

And then towards the sunflowers.

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About 5pm they started closing off areas for the evening light up, we sat near the entrance cafe and had a drink and watched the Tower of the Sun.

I had a nice time at Expo Park, we couldn’t use the pedalos which was our own fault but was pretty disappointed not to see the Japanese garden or any epic flowers. It’s sad to see half the park closed, I hope they reopen it again someday soon.

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Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park

My local subway line is the Nagohori Tsurumi-Ryokuchi line, or the yellow one as I call it! It was built in 1990 to transport people to the international exposition at Tsurumi Ryokuchi park.

The park is pretty large and features mini gardens from around the world, it also has a big lake in the middle.

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Cute windmill.

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Some of the gardens from Japan, Korea, Italy and Amsterdam.

We were excited to visit the UK garden!

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What a disappointment, most of the gardens have been forgotten about and although the groundsmen keep it clean and tidy the UK garden was pretty tired looking. There were no flowers and the fountain was broken.

There were a lot of cosplayers around the day we went having photo sessions in the small gardens! You can see some making use of the UK garden.

The park was not the most picturesque and it didn’t have many facilities (just the odd ice cream stand) but it was still nice to visit. If I went again I’d take a big picnic basket and a frisbee to play in the big open area.