The venue is a 50-km drive from Kansai International Airport and a 36-km drive from Kobe airport; park-and-ride systems will be set up within a 15-km circumference of the Expo grounds; shuttle buses will run to and from the major train stations in the surrounding area and regular ferries operate from Osaka Port. In other words, the site affords visitors and participants excellent accessibility. The main public transport route to and from the Expo site for visitors will be the railway line (Hokko Technoport Line) to be laid from Cosmosquare Station on the Osaka Metro Chuo Line to a new station on Yumeshima Island.
Admission tickets are exclusively sold for the entire Expo grounds and can only be purchased from the Expo organiser. Ticket sales will be opened in due course. Your admission ticket gives you access to visit all pavilions on the Expo grounds. The German Pavilion does not sell any admission tickets.
An Expo brings the countries of the world together to showcase their ideas, solutions and innovations modelled around the current Expo theme. There will be no companies with exhibits characteristic of a trade fair. and it’s not about B2B talks and new contracts. In other words, Expos are not primarily geared to experts in a particular field. First and foremost, they are intended for anyone and everyone – young families, schoolchildren, students and senior citizens. The goal is to give visitors an unforgettable, varied and entertaining day at the Expo, whilst instilling them with an awareness of global problems. During their visit, they automatically engage with the questions raised by the Expo’s overarching theme. And they leave with ideas that they can apply in their own lives to help shape a sustainable future.
Expo 2025 Osaka is a great opportunity to present a modern, forward-looking image of Germany to people from the region and visitors from across the globe. The experience-driven design of the German Pavilion will make it possible to provide comprehensive information about our country’s technical, industrial and cultural capabilities in an appealing and innovative way and to showcase potential solutions related to the Expo theme of “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”. Germany has decided to concentrate on the latter and is committed to this global sharing of ideas. Not only that, but it is also well-qualified to do so, having produced an abundance of strategies and ideas in its long history of innovation and environmental protection. Furthermore, as an important member of the international community, the Federal Republic of Germany is expected to have an Expo presence. Since the event is not primarily directed at experts in a particular field (though they are part of the target group), but for the international general public, it provides a forum that Germany can use to promote all of its facets. As such, it is an opportunity that the Federal Republic of Germany should not miss since Expos are a marketing tool for our country. And, of course, Germany hopes that its tourism sector will ultimately benefit as well.
A World Expo takes place every five years and usually lasts six months. The last World Expo was held in Dubai in 2021/2022. In 2025, the next World Expo will open its doors in Osaka. At World Exhibitions, the participating countries can erect their own pavilions. Every two to three years, between the World Exhibitions, specialized World Exhibitions are held to illuminate one focus theme. They usually last three months, the maximum size of the exhibition grounds allowed for international participants is 25 hectares. The organiser provides the participants with the exhibition buildings as a shell construction. A specialised Expo on the theme “Future Energy” last took place in 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), headquartered in Paris, is responsible. The BIE is an intergovernmental organisation in which the nations of this world can become members and to whom they can submit candidatures to become a venue for a World Expo. The decision on this is taken by the General Assembly of the BIE.
Yes, definitely! Because we as humans need to see things for ourselves, to smell, taste, hear and feel them. That is how we get a picture of our world, and it is only in this way that we can get a picture of each contribution by the Expo participants and thereby form our own opinion. Nowhere else brings so many different people from across the globe together for six months to engage in a dialogue with each other. At an Expo, visitors can “see the world” without all the travel. As they explore, they can learn a great deal about life in the participating countries and how their own lives might benefit from the ideas on show. No video, photo or website could ever replace that experience.
Yes, because the different countries’ and institutions’ pavilions are extremely diverse, interesting and often spectacular. Many of them have exhibits or information that visitors can access themselves, allowing them to interact with people from all over the world. After they have paid to enter the Expo site, there are no additional fees to visit the pavilions. There are also free cultural programmes, run both by the Expo organisers and by numerous participants. Plus, there’s a wide range of food available. In addition to being entertained, visitors can learn a great deal too – and there’s often an added wow factor. And, when they leave, the visitors can take away with them wonderful memories of inspiring moments and encounters they will never forget.
No, the organiser keeps the admission revenue. After all, the organiser provides the participants with an extensive and expensive infrastructure, support for their planning and construction and provides them a fully developed site. The organiser is also responsible for advertising the event, which costs a great deal of money, and for visitor management en route to the site, controlling the entrances, the routes to and from the means of transportation on the site itself. It is therefore more than appropriate that the organisers should keep the admission revenues, which comes nowhere close to covering their costs.
The German Bundestag earmarked approx. 50 million euros for the German presence in Osaka. This covers the entire project: planning and coordination, exhibition design, architecture, construction, media systems, pavilion operations (including personnel costs) and, when the Expo is over, the dismantling of the pavilion.
Sponsoring is not used to finance the pavilion – with good reason: Private-sector investors in projects or events want to be able to have a say in the approach taken. But if you are trying to design a pavilion that follows a storyline from start to finish, accommodating sponsors’ interests can be counterproductive. That is why ideas and solutions for the future are the ideological drivers behind the German Expo Pavilion and not companies.
Past German pavilions have always been very successful and popular. They left a lasting impression on visitors and the media and certainly helped to shape a positive image of Germany. A representative survey taken at the German Pavilion during Expo 2020 Dubai found that 98% of respondents rated Germany’s realisation of the Expo’s motto as very good to good. 93% stated that they would recommend that others visit the pavilion. However, since no records are kept of, for instance, business deals arising from the Expo, it is not possible to provide economic figures that could be used to measure the return on investment. What we can say, however, is that the invested tax money is used responsibly – all the services are procured by means of a transparent tender process and the contracts are awarded on the basis of cost efficiency. The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, which is in charge of Germany’s Expo presence, is particularly keen to ensure that the pavilion is a crowd-puller at the Expo and that there are no budget overruns.
In fact, the German Pavilion is particularly popular, which means that the queue can get quite long early on. We ask for your understanding that the German Pavilion is open to all visitors equally and regardless of whether they provide a German passport or not.
The Expo regulations stipulate that the site must be returned to the organizer no later than six months after the end of the Expo – in the same way as we received it. This means that everything that was built on it must be dismantled again by us as participants. The pavilion has therefore been designed as a temporary building to take high visitor volumes for the six-month duration of the Expo. It will be erected as a light-weight construction designed to meet the needs of an Expo operation – with very specific rooms and areas, such as the exhibition, restaurant and office wing. The entire building is conceived in the spirit of the circular economy and will be returned to the material cycle after the Expo is over. For a subsequent use of any kind, it would have to be very extensively rebuilt and retrofitted. The financing of the operation would also have to be guaranteed. Experience shows that Expo Pavilions can indeed be operated successfully at these mega events. And after all, the charm of an Expo is that it only runs for six months. And after five years, there is already the next Expo at a different location with a different theme and a new German Pavilion.
The German Pavilion is dedicated to the theme of circular economy. The pavilion has chosen to embody the United Nations’ Sustainability Development Goals Goal 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure) and Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities). The Expo subtheme of the pavilion is “Connecting Lives”.
In the German Pavilion, its name sets the tone: “Wa! Germany”. In Japanese there are many connotations to the word “Wa” (わ): all positive: “Wa 輪” means “circle” which fits perfectly with the pavilion’s leitmotif. “Wa 和” means “harmony” as representing the unification of nature and technology, the objective of a circular economy. “Wa わ” means “’wow” and expresses the effect the Pavilion will have on its visitors and the enthusiasm it will inspire in them.