The Namba Parks (link in Japanese) complex is an amazingly designed mixed-use space in the Namba district in Osaka. Designed by an American architect and open since 2003, the color and geometry resemble the walls of a canyon. Strolling up and down the terraced rooftop gardens, there is a dramatic sense of scale and movement accentuated by waterfalls and hanging greenery. The retail stores are diverse and abundant, but the overall shopping experience is dominated by the awe-inspiring architecture and unusual design. You've got direct access to Namba Parks from Nankai Line Namba Station. The shops are open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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I first visited Japan in 2001 and since then have returned many times. With the efficiency and reliability of its transportation, the graciousness of the people, and the dedication to quality in food and service, Japan has been my standard for modern travel convenience. Every return has reminded me of the remarkable depth and diversity of the country with no two trips being alike, despite retracing steps through familiar neighborhoods. The constant dynamism of the urban centers combined with the emphasis on tradition, sense of aesthetics, and attention to detail make it one of the most exciting places to visit and an inexhaustible land for novel experiences, modern and ancient.