[Photo Diary] Japanese-style garden in Expo’70 commemorative park is perfect place for viewing autumn leaves!


Hello! I’m “Yocean”, an amateur photographer.

This time, I went to “Expo’70 commemorative park” in Suita-city, Osaka in order to take photos of autumn leaves as the leaves are turning into red or yellow. There is a Japanese-style garden in the park. Visitors can see the colorful leaves there.

The Japanese-style garden was built to show foreign peoples Japanese technology of landscape architecture when Expo’70 was held in 1970. The garden is designed to make the visitors feel four seasons in Japan, and the beautiful scenery of each season, such as cherry blossoms in spring, water lilies in summer, colored leaves in autumn and camellias in winter, entertain the visitors.

As a photographing spot in the park, there is a water fall named “Komorebi-no-taki”. However, I wanted to challenge more artistic photos, so this time, I went to the other places and took photos from various angles in my own way.

As always, mirrorless camera (X T-20, Fujifilm), lens (XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS, Fujifilm) and a tripod (MKELES5BK-BH, Manfrotto) were used for taking these following photos.

Please have a look at these photos then!

How to access to the Japanese-style garden in Expo’70 park

If you go by train, it takes about 15 min. from Koen-higashiguchi station or about 25 min. from Bampaku-kinen-kouen station to the garden. Only for hiker’s information, it is not impossible to go from Yamada station on foot, but it takes about 35 min..

If you go by car, you can go to the garden easily because there is a parking for visitors in front of there, except for the dates that events are being held.

  • Opening hours : 9:30-17:00 (Last entry time 16:30), 9:00-17:30 (Parking)
  • Regular holiday : Every Wednesday and New year holidays (12/28-1/1)
  • Entrance fee : 260 yen for adults, 80 yen for children (combined ticket with Nature and cultural park)
  • Parking fee : 400 yen every 120 minutes (Weekdays), 600 yen every 120 minutes (Holiday)

[Photo 1] Brightly colored autumn leaves

First, I took a photo of maple leaves on the way to the Japanese-style garden because they changed into brilliant colors and attracted me.

Although I didn’t expect it to look like 3D (three-dimensional) under the front-light, the tree trunk set as a background emphasized the 3D effect.

FUJIFILM X-T20, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS,
Focal Length 55mm, F-Number 4.5, SS 1/300, ISO-200

In this photo, I thought up a creative way to highlight the red color of maples by adding the blue color of the sky into the photo. I’m sure adding a contrasting color causes the object to stand out more as sprinkling salt on a sweet watermelon.

[Photo 2] Natural monochrome

Since the maple leaves were really beautiful, I took this photo from another angle.

Having said that, I did not focus on the color but the shape of the leaves.

FUJIFILM X-T20, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS,
Focal Length 55mm, F-Number 11, SS 1/2500, ISO-200

Strong back-light changes the object to black and white. These monotone colors in the photo are all natural light.

I think photos have different faces according to light and angles even though the object is the same.

[Photo 3] Planetarium of autumn leaves

The followings are photos taken in the Japanese-style garden.

Walking in the garden, I found impressive light coming through the leaves of trees, so I shoot the sunburst photo by setting large F-number.

Because of the location I took from, this may be an eccentric photo in which the sun is at the bottom, but I think that is good as it is.

FUJIFILM X-T20, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS,
Focal Length 21mm, F-Number 22, SS 1, ISO-200

The reason why I named the title, planetarium of autumn leaves is that in my eyes, the leaves catch the sunlight and shine like stars.

[Photo 4] Only one leaf turned red one step ahead of the others

My eyes were caught by a red leaf standing alone in the other yellow leaves.

The red leaf might fall off from the other tree, but I thought it was so beautiful and that led me take a close-up photo.

FUJIFILM X-T20, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS,
Focal Length 55mm, F-Number 4, SS 1/100, ISO-200

As in this photo, if only a part of a picture is totally different from the other parts, the different part can catch people’s eyes for some reason.

It means there is a perfect photo opportunity for that moment.

[Photo 5] Autumn in full swing and Whirlwind of red leaves

Taking a walk in the garden continuously, then I found the most beautiful red leaves out of all the leaves I saw that day.

All of them looked so nice and even though it is very hard to choose the photo framing, I shot a photo of where the red leaves looks like whirlwind.

FUJIFILM X-T20, XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS,
Focal Length 18mm, F-Number 2.8, SS 1/60, ISO-200

This photo is a little different from the ones we’ve usually seen but I think this is the best photo on that day.


The weather was very nice on that day and it was a perfect day for photographing.

However, I walked too much and I was exhausted because the park covers a very large area.

If I go there next time, I will definitely get on “Mori-no-train” which is a steam-train-shaped bus traveling around the park regularly.

As an additional information, if you ever want to photograph autumn leaves, it might be a good idea to raise a color temperature. That is how the leaves look more beautiful and natural.

These photos on the article are also retouched with Photoshop.

Thank you. See you next time.