So here are my feet, standing on what seems to be an uninteresting portion of grass. Little do you know, this is on the roof of a building in the heart of Osaka. Namba Parks, designed by famed architect Jon Jerde, is a shopping mall which integrates outdoor green space into its architecture making it an ‘oasis’ in the heart of the Osaka’s urban sprawl. What makes Namba Parks even more interesting is that it used to be a baseball stadium!
9 floors of shopping, dining, entertainment and park spaces make up Namba Parks. From the 9th floor you can walk down to the lower levels via outside steps which guide you through the green spaces or inside via escalator or elevator. Either way its a stunning way to descend from the roof – this architectural masterpiece is visually appealing both inside and out!
Before leaving the roof, make sure to take some time to view the flowers, sculptures and views. There is even a playground for children. During my visit many people were just lounging, treating this shopping mall as if it were a city park!
Stores inside Namba Parks include: Diesel, Stussy, Urban Research, Minnetonka, Just Cavalli and other higher end brands.
Namba Parks is just a short walk from the Namba Station on the Kintetsu Line. For more directions follow the link.