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Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai is only three years away, here is what you need to know!

With Expo 2020 Dubai coming to a close, the world turns its eyes to Osaka.

When: April 13- October 13, 2025 (184 days)

Where: Yumeshima Island, Osaka

Expo 2020 Dubai has just closed, and there are just over three years to go before the World Expo 2025 opens its doors. Osaka will now be the focus of increased attention worldwide, and the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau will become a source of information on Expo 2025 for outlets worldwide as we work closely alongside the rest of Osaka and the Kansai region as a unified body to make the event a success. Take look at the information below we've gathered to get acquainted with what you should know about Expo 2025.

Expo 2020 Dubai has closed its doors after a six-month run.

From October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 was hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, gathering 192 participating countries and receiving over 24 million visitors. After an intital delay from its planned 2020 opening, the event proved to be a successful and safe event even amid the pandemic.

The Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020, under the theme of “Where Ideas Meet,” received crowds of eager visitors. Expo 2020 also featured Japan Day on December 11, 2021, an entire day dedicated to showcasing Japanese culture to the world.

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Images ©2020 Japan Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai

See here for more information on the Japan Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai:

Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai is on its way.

Expo 2025 will be held on the island of Yumeshima in the bay of Osaka and expects 150 countries and regions and 25 international organizations to participate. The event will also receive an anticipated 28.2 million visitors over its six months. As the successor to Expo '70 in Osaka held 55 years before, Expo 2025 is being developed under the theme of “Designing Future Society for our Lives.” Aiming to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, the Expo will also be a catalyst to help society develop into the ideal "Society 5.0," a proposed step beyond the information society (Society 4.0) whose members have mutual respect for each other, transcending generations, and in which each and every person can lead an active and enjoyable life.


Images ©Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition

For more information on Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai:

Tower of the Sun, the defining symbol of Expo ’70.

In 1970, the World Expo in Osaka had 77 countries participating and received over 6.4 million visitors. With the theme of "Progress and Harmony for Mankind," Expo '70 was the first world's fair to be held in Japan. The Expo was celebrated for its many avant-garde artwork and designs by Japanese artists, the most famous of which being the Tower of the Sun, which still stands today at 70 meters tall and is the ubiquitous symbol for Expo '70.

The Tower of the Sun now featured on the top page of the official Osaka MICE website, emphasizing the importance of in-person events.


For more information on the Tower of the Sun:

Expo 2025 Official Logo and Mascot

The official logo symbolizes the Expo 2025’s goal to represent a new type of World Expo, influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic and looking beyond it. The logo incorporates design elements of Expo ’70 and invokes the image of a dancing, bouncing, and living cell, whose static shape is reminiscent of the geographical shape of Osaka prefecture. This living cell represents an organic, growing, and ever-developing society that supports diverse ways of living.

The official mascot of the Expo, officially revealed in March 2022, was selected among 1,898 ideas submitted by the public. The mascot is a blue shapeshifter, changing into many different forms much like the water that flows in the many rivers that run through Osaka.


Take a look here for more details on the logo:

Initiatives from the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau is always promoting the holding of in-person events and is using Expo 2025 as a catalyst to showcase Osaka’s potential as a meetings and events destination.

In order to contribute to the realization Expo 2025’s goal of “designing future society for our lives,” the OCTB will become a source of information internationally on the development of the Expo as preparation progresses. The OCTB has also joined the Team Expo 2025 program, a collaborative effort from the organizers of the Expo in order to create a unified network of organizations across Japan and Osaka who will work together to realize the Expo’s goals as well as the SDGs.


For inquiries regarding Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai:

Japan Association for the 2025 World Exposition

Level 43, Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building
1-14-16 Nankokita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka 559-0034
Email: info@expo2025. or.jp

Phone: +81-6-6625-8651 (Weekdays 10:00 - 17:00 JST)