New Theme Park in Osaka? – Maishima Waste Incineration Plant

Near Universal Studios Japan (USJ), at the entrance to the reclaimed land Maishima, there’s a unique and fashionable building.

Is it a new theme park?

Let me tell you what this building is all about.



What’s this building?

When I got close, I realized what this building was.

Surprisingly, it was Waste incineration plant. It was built in 2001 as one of the main activities to attract the Olympics. It is called Maishima factory.

The city of Osaka looked at the design of the Spittelau Waste incineration plant in Austria and commissioned a world-famous architect, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Because of its original design, some people mistook it for USJ. It’s now a hidden and popular tourist attraction for foreign visitors to see the building.

He also created the Sewage Sludge Treatment Plant Maishima Sludge Center located a short distance from the Maishima Plant.

Hundertwasser is known for his architecture of harmony with nature, and because there’re no straight lines or identical objects in nature, the building is designed with windows of different curves, sizes, and shapes. Red, yellow, orange and black are mixed in the white outer wall, and a golden ball is shining in the light at the tip.

The tallest projection on the left side of the building, as you can imagine, is chimney.

There’re 4 of his works in Japan, but 3 of them are in Osaka City: the Maishima Plant, Maishima Sludge Center, and Kids Plaza Osaka. The other one is 21st Century Clock Monument of a TV station in Tokyo. Visit these facilities and experience his colorful works.



Let’s go inside.

On the 1st floor of the Maishima Plant, there’re mosaics on the entrance and the elevator, which makes you feel as if you were lost in the world of games.

There’s a 1/150 scale factory model on display here, and you can see how waste is processed after receiving an explanation about the waste incineration plant.

At the Maishima Plant, there’re two types of waste: the incineration facility for burning combustible waste, and the bulky waste treatment facility for shredding bulky waste.

Children can enjoy the explanation easily by watching a story about garbage created by a mascot, and by watching and learning about power generation and the use of residual heat from incineration.

The Maishima factory in Osaka is not only a very stylish exterior, but also a full of interesting devices inside.



How to observe?

You can visit the Maishima factory for free, but you need to make a reservation by phone.

The reception is on a first-come-first-served basis, and you can choose the visiting hours from the 3 times of 10 o’clock, 13 o’clock and 15 o’clock from Monday to Saturday. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to visit the factory, but we accept reservations up to 7 days before the desired date.

Not only children but also adults can enjoy visiting the Maishima factory, so it is a recommended spot for families to enjoy.

Please visit USJ and take a look if you have time. The night view is also beautiful.



Information

  • Hours: 10:00~, 13:00~, 15:00~
  • Closed: Sundays, National holidays, and Year-end and New Year holidays
  • Admission: Free
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