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  • Location:Osaka, Japan
  • Duration:6 hours (approx.)

Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Go for a stroll through Osaka and see its highlights on this guided walking tour, including a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner. You'll enjoy lunch and visit Osaka's famous attractions with a knowledgeable guide, such as Osaka Castle and the Floating Garden Observatory. From the river, view the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima lsle, and enjoy sweeping views all the way to Awaji Island from the Umeda Sky Building.


  • 6.5-hour walking tour of Osaka's highlights with river cruise
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building
  • Learn about Shogun history from Osaka Castle's exhibits
  • Board the Aqua Liner for a 1-hour riverboat cruise around Nakanoshima
  • Dine on Japanese cuisine for lunch
  • Hear commentary from your English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

Start your 6.5-hour walking tour from Hotel Granvia Osaka, where you’ll meet your friendly guide. Make your way to the Floating Garden Observatory, an open-air sky bridge connecting the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building. You'll spend approximately 1 hour enjoying panoramic views overlooking the city, Awaji Island and Mt Ikoma.

After a delicious Japanese lunch, head to Higashi-Umeda Station for a subway ride to Temmabashi Station (non-reserved seating) with your guide. Disembark for Osaka Castle, noted for its magnificence and the immense stones used in its construction. The renovated castle rises above the city on a stone rampart, and was built in 1583 as the intended capital of Japan. Many relics of old Osaka and the Toyotomi who built the castle are exhibited inside.

From here it's a short walk to the riverboat dock to board the Aqua Liner for a 1-hour cruise around Nakanoshima. Enjoy breathtaking seasonal landscapes with passing views that include Osaka Castle, the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima lsle.

At the end of your tour, proceed with your guide to Osakajo-Koen Station for the return ride on the JR local line to Osaka Station. Then continue exploring the city on your own or find your way back to your hotel.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was very nice and know Osaka quite well Junko also took the time to help people to take photos.

Maria P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful day with a lovely guide who was so knowledgeable and helpful. 3 course lunch was an unexpected bonus. Lot's of walking of cause but well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Nice walk from Osaka station to the Umeda Sky Tower, great views. Guid spoke english well and was very informative throughout the tour. Short train ride to the Castle which was impressive and then on to the river boat cruise. I would highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Great tour. Beautiful setting and lovely tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Lovely day spent in Osaka. Cherry Blossom everywhere - stunning. Its a fast pace - in, out, quick. Frustrating but alot to cover. Recommend highly

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

This tour was an excellent way to get oriented in Osaka and see some of the bigger tourist attractions. The guide was friendly and spoke great English. She gave a thorough overview of the city, and was good at keeping everyone engaged.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Our tour guide was very funny and knowledgeable. It was a fun tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

So much thanks for our guide Keiko, a real delight.
Easy walking tour , fabulous lunch.
River cruise was good too.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

This tour was our introduction to Japan. We got to overlook the city from 173 m sky tower - spectacular views! Our guide was very helpful and informative. Osaka Castle is well worth going to see.

We are now on our way back to Australia after doing 6 Viator tours in Japan and I cannot recommend Viator tours more highly. It was easy to book/pay online and great to read other people's reviews which helped in making tour choices. Every tour was good value for money, well organised and had excellent guides and covered all the places we wanted to see. I will definately be booking with them for future overseas trips.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Osaka walking tour was excellent! It was hot, but the guide let us take our time and spoke wonderful English. The lunch that was part of the tour was great!

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