3. About Osaka

The Kansai region, with Osaka as its hub, is a region with a daring spirit to challenge, a rich culture that blends the traditional with the modern, and advanced life-sciences technologies as well as other fields.

The city has borne many unique ideas and inventions, like instant ramen, karaoke, and conveyor-belt sushi that have had great, long-lasting benefits to the daily lives of many.

For more than 1,600 years, the Kansai region, which includes the cities of Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto, was home to Japan’s capital. Nara was called the Eastern-most stop on the fabled Silk Road, serving as a gateway to ideas and influences from the world.

Astoundingly, half of Japan’s National Treasures, and 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found in the Kansai region.


2. Proposed Site

Osaka has a world-class transportation infrastructure. The city is serviced by three major airports, numerous large seaports, and connected to the rest of Japan through a network of immaculate superhighways and world-famous Shinkansen bullet trains. Access for both domestic and international guests could not be easier.

An analysis of the expected approximately 28 million visitors and resulting accommodation requirements, together with plans for new construction and assumptions for the demand of other visitors, demonstrates that Osaka’s accommodation would be more than sufficient. Even at peak visiting periods, there would be room to spare in nearby hotels.

The venue itself, Yumeshima Island (which literally translates as dream island) is a man-made island owned by Osaka City. This allows authorities total freedom to design and develop the infrastructure required for an optimal Expo experience.

With its captivating views of the Seto Inland Sea, its continuous light breeze, and its proximity to central Osaka—only 20 to 30 minutes from downtown—Yumeshima Island would live up to its name as a dream venue for the Expo.

1. Proposed Theme

The proposed overarching theme of the Expo, “Designing Future Society for Our Lives” is supported by two sub themes:

  • How to Lead a Healthy Life in a Diverse Manner
  • Sustainable Socioeconomic Systems

It aims to focus on is human lives.

The theme would call on each and every individual to think about their own aspirations and empower them to realise their full potential and push forward the worldwide effort to create a sustainable society that embraces all such aspirations.

It aligns with global efforts to tackle the common international community issues outlined in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A pivotal step in achieving these goals will be the actualisation of Society 5.0, Japan’s catalysing initiative to empower individuals to confront head-on the issues of the times, by leveraging the technological breakthroughs in the Internet of Things, AI, robotics and big data, among others. Expo 2025 Osaka would be a place to co-create sustainable society that can support the aspirations of all through the sharing of new ideas like Society 5.0 from each participant.


Osaka, Japan

Japan’s bid is for a World Expo in the city of Osaka between 3 May and 3 November 2025 under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.

All information is provided by the candidate.