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Hanging Garden Splendor ~ Namba Parks, Osaka, Japan

September 17, 2009

By Dian Hasan | September 16, 2009

Namba Park-OSAKA-3Japan is one of the world’s most densely populated countries, however, the very little public space that they’ve managed to carve out is put to very efficient use. Of course Japan is also endowed with stunning natural beauty, from the picture-postcard perfect Mount Fuji (with or without a bullet train passing in the foreground!), to Sapporo’s ski resorts, spectacular foliage, hot springs, and rugged coastline of Okinawa. but it’s the cities where one will find creative approaches to green space.

Such as the Namba Parks in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city. A testament to the need of the modern urban dweller ~ green public space. Whether on the ground, or in the sky. A modern-day version of the ancient Hanging Gardens of Babylonia, perhaps?

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Opened in 2003, Namba Parks is an office and shopping complex in Osaka’s Namba district. With total building area of 130,000 sqm – comprising a 30-floor office tower and a 120-tenant shopping mall with 8 floors of terraced gardens. Designed by Jon Jerde of The Jerde Partnership in the footprint of the since closed Osaka Stadium.
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At Namba Park you’ll spend half your time shopping and the other half admiring the design. There are more than 200 boutiques of world-class luxury Brands, Restaurants & Cafes, and a Multiplex 11-screen Cinema.
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Venture to the rooftop to see the spacious park with a total area of 11,500 sq. m and approximately 70,000 plants of 300 species. Namba Park is open to the public, with excellent dining venues and opportunity to relax in a natural setting.
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Namba Park is now among Osaka’s most popular attraction, for city-dwellers and tourists alike.

Source: Unique Travel Destinations

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