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.
The plum blossom has started to bloom these last few weeks, most of it isnt even in full bloom yet…but I did manage to get a few nice pictures from Osaka Castle park, Expo 70 Park and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine Kyoto.
Some autumn colours in Osaka Castle park yesterday (November 20th) we went quite late in the afternoon (about 4:30pm) and it was already getting dark.
All pictures are untouched without filters.
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.
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…
And then towards the sunflowers.
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.
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.
We were excited to visit the UK garden!
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.