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Awaji Yumebutai

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
Location
Yumebutai, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture
Property area
Approx. 28ha
Total floor area
Approx. 109,000m2
Design
Tadao Ando, Architecture Research Center
Opened
March 9, 2000
Facilities
Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center
Westin Awaji Island
Restaurants and shops
Observation terrace
100 Platform Terranced Garden / Shell Garden / Sea-side Corridor / Mountain-side Corridor
Oval Forum / Circular Forum
Awaji Yumebutai The Plants Museum of Miracle Planet
Open-Air Theater
Promenade Garden
Koryu-no-Tsubasa Port
Parking area
Adjacent facilities
Awaji Island Akashai Kaikyo Park

Awaji Island International Park City

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

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.

Facilities overview
201 guestrooms
189 Western style rooms (twin/double)
*All rooms are equipped to accommodate 3 people.
5 Japanese style rooms, 7 suites
Guestrooms are located on floors 4 - 10 (Japanese style rooms on 3F).
Check-in time: 3:00 pm
Check-out time: 11:00 am
Banquet hall
1 large, 1 medium, 4 small
Resturaunts
Western (Mediterranean) food, Japanese food, lobby lounge, bar
Spa and fitness
Spa, gym, studio, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, esthetic salon, tennis court
Other
Pastry shop, souvenir shops
Kidfs room, photo studio, bridal facilities
Broadband (free of charge)
All rooms can be equipped with wired LAN.
The 2F lobby and Moefs Gallery can be equipped with wireless LAN.

Restaurants and Shops

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.

Observation Terrace

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.


 

Hyakudanen Garden
Hyakudanen is a terraced flowerbed of 100 4.5m2 sections along the side of a mountain. You can enjoy chrysanthemums of the world of all seasons throughout the year.
Shell Garden
The approximately 10,000 m2 rich area blessed with abundant water is manually spread with 1 million scallops. There are also 1,000 fountains.

Oval Forum / Circular Forum

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.

Awaji Yumebutai The Plants Museum of Miracle Planet

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.

 

Entrance fee
Adults \600 (\480 for groups)
High school students \360 (\290 for groups)
Junior high school students \300 (\240 for groups)
Elementary school students \180 (\140 for groups)
*Group refers to 20 people or more.
*Ages 65 and over can get in at half price.
*Those who have a physical disability certificate and their escorts can get in at half price.
*There are also combination tickets that include the Awaji Island Akashai Kaikyo National Government Park.*Entrance fee may differ for special exhibitions.
Hours
10:00 am - 6:00 pm (last admission 5:30)
Holidays
The greenhouse is closed every 2nd Thursday.
For information contact
Awaji Yumebutai The Plants Musium of Miracle Planet
4 Yumebutai, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture 656-2306
Telephone 0799-74-1200 Fax: 0799-74-1201
The Plants Museum of Miracle Planet Web site

Outdoor Theater

When you settle in your seat surrounded in greenery, a stage floating on the surface of the water appears with the panorama of Osaka Bay in the background. Can also be used for Awaji puppet performances, which is a traditional art of Awaji Island.

Fixed seats
2,000
Lawn seats
1,000
Small theater
150

Promenade Garden

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.

Koryu-no-Tsubasa Port

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.

Parking Area

Taking into account the landscape and coexistence with nature, the parking area is located underground beneath the hotel and restaurants.

B1 and B2 floors
Accommodates 600 vehicles. The fee is \500 per day.

Awaji Island Akashi Kaikyo Park

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.

 

Admission
Adults (15 and over) \400 (\280 for groups)
Children (6 to 14) \80 (\50 for groups)
*Group refers to 20 people or more.
Children under 6 years of age are admitted for free.
*Those with a physical disability certificate, mental disability certificate or treatment certificate are admitted for free.
*You can re-enter the park on the day of the original admission.
*There are also combination tickets that include the Awaji Yumebutai Kiseki no hoshi no Greenhouse.
For information contact
Akashi Kaikyo Park Management Center
8-10 Minami Uzaki, Awaji City, Hyogo Prefecture 656-2307
Telephone 0799-72-2000 Fax: 0799-72-2100
Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park Web site
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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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