Awaji Yumebutai is the site where earth was remove to build artificial islands in Osaka Bay such as the Kansai International Airport. The natural environment which was once destroyed by man has been returned to its original state and a place where various animals and plants exist has been created.
Before the building was built, saplings that match the flora of Awaji Island were first planted. Designed by famous architect Tadao Ando, Awaji Yumebutai is a one-of-a-kind genvironment creationh project equipped with facilities that blend in with the magnificent landscape that takes advantage of a dynamic slope.
As a core part of the gAwaji Island International Park Cityh being promoted by Hyogo Prefecture, Awaji Yumebutai was constructed along with the adjacent Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park and opened on March 9, 2000. The facilities also hosted the Awaji Flower Exposition gJapan Flower 2000h that ran from March 18 to September 17 that same year.
Based on the concept of Japanfs first combination resort and conference center, Awaji Yumebutai consists of the International Conference Center that is surrounded in greenery, the Westin Awaji Island that offers rest and relaxation, restaurants and shops that offer gourmet dining where you can also enjoy nature from close up, the Observation Terrace, Oval Forum and Circular Forum where you can appreciate the architecture of Tadao Ando to the fullest. It also includes facilities with abundant individuality such as the Kiseki no Hoshi Greenhouse, and outdoor theater where you can enjoy open-air concerts and performances, a parking are that holds up to 600 vehicles, and Koryu no Tsubasa Port, which serves as the entrance from the sea.
General data of Awaji Yumebutai
In conjunction with the opening of the Kansai International Airport and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Hyogo Prefecture has been promoting Awaji Island International Park City (approx. 350ha) in hope of developing the Awaji area and becoming an interchange hub for the Osaka Bay area.
The Awaji Island International Park City sprawls in the area adjacent to the Awaji IC of the Kobe Awaji Naruto Expressway. With Awaji Yumebutai as the core facilities, the area consists of Awaji Prefectural Park that includes the Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park (Awaji area) and Awaji Highway Oasis and Awaji Koryu no Tsubasa Port that serves as the gateway to the sea.
The Westin Awaji Island is the landmark of Awaji Yumebutai that reminds us of a sailboat navigating the mighty ocean. All windows provide a great view of the ocean. All rooms have a great view of Osaka Bay.
The hotel has ample space for guests using the facilities at the International Conference Center next door and visitors to Awaji Yumebutai.
There is a special conference rate that applies to accommodations for those participating in conferences at the International Conference Center (15 people or more).
There is also party facilities, restaurants, bars and recreation facilities to enjoy after conventions.
There are also Western, Japanese and Chinese restaurants in the Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center, as well as cafes where you can enjoy the pleasant scent of herbs, so you can choose your favorite style from a wide selection. For details, see Restaurants and Shops Guide.
The observation terrace is an approximately 20,400 m2 space that consists of Hyakudanen, Shell Garden and the rooftop observation terrace.
Awaji Yumebutai, which commands a panoramic view of Osaka Bay, has a lot of viewpoints where you can see beautiful scenery. The view from the observation terrace is particularly breathtaking.
There is also Hyakudanen, a terraced flowerbed that decorates the slope, Shell Garden that has 1,000 fountains and 1 million scallops, and the Sea Corridor and Mountain Corridor on the roof top of a restaurants. Be sure to stop and treat yourself to the magnificent view.
Besides being a space that functions as an approach to the observation terrace, the oval and circular forums also function as a plaza.
The place is used for events and small concerts.
Japanfs largest greenhouse boasts an area of 6,700 m2. The original shape whereby a pair of glass rectangles cross each other at angles is a distinguishing feature of the greenhouse. With coexistence of man and nature as a theme, beginning with the flower show space that changes exhibition several times a year and the garden space that proposes living with flowers and greenery, a large number of rare plants from around the world is on display.
The greenhouse can also be used for weddings and parties. During the daytime the sunlight that changes the flowers and greenery and at nighttime the illuminated flowers provide the perfect setting for a party.
A 380-meter narrow corridor style garden has the widest view in Awaji Yumebutai. Here you can enjoy the magnificent view of Osaka and seasonal flowers. There is also the Awaji Flower Festival main area that is open in the spring and fall each year.
Tsubasa Port spreads its wings to the southern edge of Awaji Yumebutai. Visitors who arrive by pleasure boat can also dock their boat at the port. You can also join sightseeing cruises of the area near the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and fishing tours of famous fishing spots of Awaji Island.
You can also board the Nipponmaru for a cruising party of Osaka Bay and the Akashi Straights here.
Taking into account the landscape and coexistence with nature, the parking area is located underground beneath the hotel and restaurants.
You can enjoy a colorful variety of flowers and grass all year round in the great outdoors. There are 190 types and 260,000 bases. The flowers beautifully change the expression of the park each season for your enjoyment.
In addition to the Awaji Flower Festival held each spring and fall, all sorts of events are held in the park.
Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center
1 Yumebutai, Awaji City, Hyogo 656-2306 Japan Phone: 81-799-74-1020 FAX: 81-799-74-1021
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