Shopping in Osaka

Shopping in Osaka

Osaka’s Station City shopping complex is a whistlestop for visitors By: Janeen Christoff
Osaka Station City is defined by both indoor and outdoor spaces. // © 2013 Osaka Station City
Osaka Station City is defined by both indoor and outdoor spaces. // © 2013 Osaka Station City

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Osaka Station City is a microcosm of Japanese culture. Walking around its myriad food halls, department stores and clothing outlets, visitors can get a glimpse of Japanese daily life. The center is home to above-ground railway stops and underground trains all joined by an endless series of retail outlets that blend Western brands with Eastern flavor.

The complex has a time and space theme, which seems appropriate because you can easily lose track of both. The actual station, with its stunning glass roof that spans the above-ground tracks and the Toki no Hiroba (Time and Space Plaza), is a work of art. It is newly refurbished — it was one of the first railway stations in the Kansai region — and was reopened in 2011 with a lighter, loftier feel. The new design features a concourse that connects the north and south buildings and provides an open space above the railway tracks where travelers can stop and watch the trains below and move from one side of the station to the other.

Clocks play a major role at Station City, and at the south entrance visitors will find the mesmerizing Water Clock. A fountain, a clock and a piece of art, the rectangular display shows a dot-matrix image of the time with water every minute. There are also two clocks in Toki no Hiroba, an ornate gold clock on the north side and a silver clock on the south side.

Just when you think that you have seen everything indoors, head up to the rooftop and get lost in a never-ending landscape of outdoor activity, including the Sky Farm and the Healing Garden.

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