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  • Location:Osaka, Japan
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known sight that is especially popular during cherry blossom season. Then take a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner, a pleasure boat with panoramic views including Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building and City Hall on Nakanoshima lsle.


  • 4-hour tour of Osaka's highlights with river cruise
  • Ride the subway train to your first destination
  • Follow your professional guide on a walk to Osaka Castle
  • Explore Osaka's Shogun history through spectacular exhibits
  • Relax on a 1-hour Aqua Liner boat cruise around Nakanoshima
  • Hear interesting commentary on the sights you pass

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What You Can Expect

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

After meeting your guide at Hotel Granvia Osaka, make your way to Higashi-Umeda Station and board the subway train to Tenmabashi Station. Disembark and follow your guide on a walk to the renowned Osaka Castle, constructed with immense stones in the 16th century. Explore around the magnificent castle, which stands on a stone rampart and towers over the city. These surroundings are lovely in any season and particularly brilliant when cherry blossoms are in full bloom.

Inside, spend time looking over the 3D exhibits, holograms and eye-catching displays that depict old Osaka. Before accompanying you on your river cruise, your guide will point out the many relics of the Toyotomi who originally built the castle.

Leaving this monument behind, it’s a short walk to the nearby embarkation point of the Aqua Liner. Board the pleasure boat for a 1-hour river cruise around Nakanoshima lsle with your guide. You’ll enjoy seasonal views of autumn leaves or cherry blossoms strewn among Osaka's major landmarks including Osaka Castle, Umeda Sky Building and City Hall.

After your relaxing boat ride, disembark and walk with your guide to Osakajo-Koen Station for the return ride on the JR local line to Osaka Station. From there, make your own way back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Cecelia N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide KC is an excellent tour guide, very friendly and experienced. He guided us all through the Osaka Castle and river boat tour. He was helpful and knowledgable. We recommend this tour.

Georgia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This your was fantastic!!! It was perfectly planned and exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide (Seiko) had great knowledge of not only the area but also the rich history of Osaka castle and its samurai warriors- mustn't also forget her brilliant sense of humour and passion for her work.

We were able to walk the tour at our own pace and had plenty of opportunities for photos ( most of which Seiko took for us).

We could not recommend this tour enough. But for an unforgettable experience ensure you ask for Seiko!

Gregory C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

The tour guide was very helpful! She even walked me to a store to buy old Japanese currency and stamps. Great way to learn your way around Osaka!

daniel m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Love Japan ... Would go again

Mason C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

- great tour guide. -well understandable of her English. -good choice of destinationns

Larisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

It was a great tour. Lots of insight information, great views of the castle and spectacular boat ride. Thank you.

Flavio L Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2011

Incredible tour with a great tour guide that was able to bring the history of Osaka alive. We would recommend this tour to anyone that is going to Osaka. Very well organized and extremely good value, well worth the money.
Laura, Toronto Canada

Ricky V USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2011

A recommended walking tour by a knowledgeable tour guide. Tour guide went out of his way to show us which subway line to take back to our hotel.


4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

This Tour was very Interesting the guide was very caring and very informative. She chatted to everyone and
answered everyone's questions. The cruise on the river was a nice way to end the day

Andrew C

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

Great afternoon walk and boat cruise. I enjoyed the stories from the guide who was very friendly and helpful.

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