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Retraction time…

I wrote this entry believing that the prices quoted below were true, but I’m starting to hear that they may not be.

I looked at the Official Site when I wrote this and they really don’t list prices beyond the ticket prices. As to the price of a drink or whether or not they charge you for the rest rooms, I don’t know. I should have dug deeper.

I’d heard it from a coworker and when I read it again on Kissui, I didn’t check further. Now, I’m starting to believe that I was a victim of a malicious rumor. That’s the downside of this medium, where a meme can spread around the world in a matter of hours. Sometimes you get bitten by something that sounds true, but just isn’t. It sure sounded possible though. After all, Japan is a country where a cup of coffee can easily cost $6 and where I once paid $10 for a bowl of instant ramen, though that was at the top of Mount Fuji…

Still, I don’t know that these prices are accurate and I really don’t feel like participating in somebody’s personal vendetta against the expo.

Please accept my apologies.

Yuki at Kissui has some interesting statistics on Aichi Expo:

Kissui.net: The Facts About Aichi Expo

The Facts About Aichi Expo

4600 yen for entry fee.
1 hour to get in linear motor car.
1 hour to get in the site.

600 yen for using the toilet.

600 Yen (~$6) for using the toilet.

Could be that that little tidbit is what people remember about this event, what they tell people when they go home and talk to people who haven’t yet made up their mind as to whether they’ll make the trip out there to see this thing.

Exhibitors have been preparing for Aichi for a long time, at great expense, some of them foreign companies paying for a team of employees to spend months here in preparation and staffing the event. For some of them, this could be a “make or break” event for their company. If I was one of those companies, I’d be pissed.

4 Comments so far

  1. Oakyman (unregistered) on March 28th, 2005 @ 12:54 pm

    I’ve been there, but 1 week before the opening.
    Nowhere I could go in yet, but at least I could see robots.

    Linimo (Linear Motor Car Line) is so small (short).
    Only 3 bogeys. Imagine the crowd!!

  2. mhegge (unregistered) on March 28th, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

    I wonder if toilet paper is included.

  3. Emily (unregistered) on April 9th, 2005 @ 8:11 am

    I just visited the Expo last weekend, and here’s what I have to share:

    Yes, the average adult will pay 4,600 yen to get into the Expo. Group rates are available, as are season tickets. Buying tickets online before you go will save you a bit of time in line. The tickets are not dated, so you can use the tickets you order at any time before the Expo finishes; just show up on the day you want to, wait in the short(er) line, and they’ll hand you the tickets you ordered.

    We stayed at a ryokan in Nagoya, and yeah, it takes an hour to an hour and a half to get to the site, perhaps depending on what time you travel. I recommend heading out at least one hour before the gates open; the line for the maglev train may be shorter then.

    The toilets, and I used several, were all free of charge. Toilet paper included.

    Despite the article that ran in last Saturday’s Daily Yomiuri, the guards at the gates made my friend throw out her small store-bought bento before entering. We did see people inside the Expo eating bentos (which I’m fairly certain they did not purchase on site), so I’m not sure what the full story is on that.

    Unless you are accompanying a five-year old, don’t waste your time at the Evening at Koi Pond event, held every fair-weather day at 8pm. Not spectacular, even when all the balloons inflate properly.

    Of all the pavilions we visited, the US one was the only one that had its own metal detectors. The park has its own metal detectors, so we weren’t sure if the US ones were for decoration and comedic effect, or if they were a real security measure.

  4. Vinod Jacob (unregistered) on July 26th, 2005 @ 2:15 pm

    AICHI Bampaku 2005 : A Practical guide

    AICHI Bampaku opened on March 25, 2005 and closes on September 25, 2005.

    Generally it requires 3 days to visit all the pavilions in the expo. But with advance reservations to some of the pavilions, by moving hastily between the pavilion 2 days could be enough. If you want to see only some important things then one day is enough. But waiting in long queues can be reduced by reserving events in advance.

    For advance reservation to event and pavilions book at http://www.expo2005.or.jp
    Reservation for events can be done after buying the ticket. For a ticket only 2 reservations can be done. It is better to book tickets at JR Takashiyama 10th floor at Nagoya Sai exit.

    Locker facilities are available at all gates. For full day the rates are 300Yen, 400Yen , 500 Yen depending on the size of locker.

    Corporate pavilions
    Generally these are the most attractive. So book in advance since they attract long crowds. Toyota pvillion tour takes 50 minutes from the time the admissions are closed. Photgraphy is not permitted inside the pavilion.

    Seto area
    The journey to the Seto area from Nagakute is very interesting in the gondola. Since it passes over private houses, to protect privacy the transparent windows of the gondola is made opague for 2 minutes and reverts back as it nears the Seto station.

    Gondola waiting time
    Generally this waiting time is less, since gondola always moves. Only near the station the movement is reduced by a series of gears. So even if queue looks big don

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